Education Data

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2015-2016

For June 30, 2016, the California Department of Education reports that 7,071 students with significant disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury) left K-12 education. Of those, 35.9% graduated, 19.8% received a certificate of completion, and 44.3% either dropped out or aged out. The table below shows more details, including the different ways a student can graduate high school with a diploma or equivalent and the ways students leave school without completion.

What this page shows us: Most students with significant disabilities are struggling to complete high school. Of those students who graduated, most had autism, and very few had an intellectual disability. Most of those with certificate of completion had an intellectual disability.

Less than half of students with an intellectual disability either dropped out or aged out. Finishing high school is a requirement for many entry level jobs.

2015- 2016 Academic Year Autism Intellectual Disability Traumatic Brain Injury Totals
Grad. high school with regular diploma 2,051 312 128 2,491
Received high school completion (GED) 6 1 0 7
Grad. High school with diploma using exemption 7 6 1 14
Grad. High school with a diploma using waiver 11 14 2 27
Graduated Subtotal 2,075 333 131 2,539
Grad. high school with certificate of completion 492 890 21 1,403
Completed Subtotal 492 890 21 1,403
Reached maximum age (22) 537 1,084 16 1,637
Dropped out 446 297 14 757
Parent/self withdrawal if over 18 481 243 11 735
Incomplete Subtotal 1,464 1,624 41 3,129
Totals 4,031 2,847 193 7,071

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DATA SOURCE: The Data is from California Department of Education as of June 26, 2017


2014-2015

For June 30, 2015, the California Department of Education reports that 7,138 students with significant disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury) left K-12 education. Of those, 35% graduated, 22% received a certificate of completion, and 43% either dropped out or aged out. The table below shows more details, including the different ways a student can graduate high school with a diploma or equivalent and the ways students leave school without completion.

What this page shows us: Most students with significant disabilities are struggling to complete high school. Of those students who graduated, most had autism, and very few had an intellectual disability. Most of those with certificate of completion had an intellectual disability.

Less than half of students with an intellectual disability either dropped out or aged out. Finishing high school is a requirement for many entry level jobs.

2014 – 2015 Academic Year Autism Intellectual Disability Traumatic Brain Injury Totals
Grad. high school with regular diploma 1,495 200 100 1,795
Received high school completion (GED) 20 18 0 38
Grad. High school with diploma using exemption 365 140 29 534
Grad. High school with a diploma using waiver 76 33 2 111
Graduated Subtotal 1,956 391 131 2,478
Grad. high school with certificate of completion 507 1062 10 1,579
Completed Subtotal 507 1062 10 1,579
Reached maximum age (22) 547 1,065 24 1,636
Dropped out 419 282 17 718
Parent/self withdrawal if over 18 463 256 8 727
Incomplete Subtotal 1,429 1,603 49 3,081
Totals 3,892 3,056 190 7,138

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DATA SOURCE: The Data is from California Department of Education as of October 5, 2016


2013-2014

For June 30, 2014, the California Department of Education reports that 6,289 students with significant disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury) left K-12 education. Of those, 33% graduated, 17% received a certificate of completion, and 50% either dropped out or aged out. The table below shows more details, including the different ways a student can graduate high school with a diploma or equivalent and the ways students leave school without completion.

What this page shows us: Most students with significant disabilities are struggling to complete high school. Of those students who graduated, most had autism, and very few had an intellectual disability. Most of those with certificate of completion had an intellectual disability.

Half of students with an intellectual disability either dropped out or aged out. Finishing high school is a requirement for many entry level jobs.

2013 – 2014 Academic Year Autism Intellectual Disability Traumatic Brain Injury Totals
Grad. high school with regular diploma 1,288 125 82 1,495
Received high school completion (GED) ** ** 0 11
Grad. High school with diploma using exemption 238 168 33 439
Grad. High school with a diploma using waiver 89 29 5 123
Graduated Subtotal 1,615 322 120 2,068
Grad. high school with certificate of completion 294 766 12 1,072
Completed Subtotal 294 766 12 1,072
Reached maximum age (22) 474 1,091 22 1,587
Dropped out 527 374 21 922
Parent/self withdrawal if over 18 408 223 9 640
Incomplete Subtotal 1,409 1,688 52 3,149
Totals 3,318 2,776 184 6,289


DATA SOURCE: The Data is from California Department of Education as of October 5, 2016


2012-2013

For June 30, 2013, the California Department of Education reports that 5,849 students with significant disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury) left K-12 education. Of those, 32% graduated, 24% received a certificate of completion, and 44% either dropped out or aged out. The table below shows more details, including the different ways a student can graduate high school with a diploma or equivalent and the ways students leave school without completion.

What this page shows us: Most students with significant disabilities are struggling to complete high school. Of those students who graduated, most had autism, and very few had an intellectual disability. Most of those with certificate of completion had an intellectual disability.

More than half of students with an intellectual disability either dropped out or aged out. Finishing high school is a requirement for many entry level jobs.

2012 – 2013 Academic Year Autism Intellectual Disability Traumatic Brain Injury Totals
Grad. high school with regular diploma 1,126 203 69 1,398
Received high school completion (GED) 6 12 0 18
Grad. High school with diploma using exemption 188 133 21 342
Grad. High school with a diploma using waiver 58 31 7 96
Graduated Subtotal 1,378 379 97 1,854
Grad. high school with certificate of completion 392 993 24 1,409
Completed Subtotal 392 993 24 1,409
Reached maximum age (22) 366 987 16 1,369
Dropped out 294 300 24 618
Parent/self withdrawal if over 18 362 226 11 599
Incomplete Subtotal 1,022 1,513 51 2,586
Totals 2,792 2,885 172 5,849

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DATA SOURCE: The California Department of Education (CDE) provides special educational services to children with disabilities meeting their unique needs, in the least restrictive environment. Required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), all students must be included in the statewide assessment and accountability system. CDE developed and implement alternate performance assessment for disabled children who could not take part in the general “California Standards Tests”. CDE along with other state agencies provide help preparing disabled children and young adults’ transition from school to employment and a quality adult life. Graduating high school is essential for improving employment opportunities and lifestyles for disabled young adults.


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