ERIC Number: ED079897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Number of Pupils with Handicaps in Local Public Schools Spring 1970.
Metz, A. Stafford
Reported are data on exceptional children in U.S. schools, collected through a U.S. Office of Education survey (spring 1970), which sampled 2,000 of the 81,000 U.S. public schools having enrollments of more than 300 pupils. It is estimated that of the 44,389,000 total public school pupils enrolled at the time of survey, 4,752,000 or one tenth were handicapped. Reported are the following handicapping conditions and incidences in order of prevalence (percentage of total pupils for each handicap is in parenthesis): speech impairment (4%), learning disabilities (2.6%), mental retardation (2.1%), emotional disturbance (1.2%); and physical, sensory, hearing, and visual handicaps (0.3% for each category). Included is a table giving number of pupils with handicaps in public schools, percent of enrollment, number and percent of pupils served (by handicapping condition, type, and school level). Data shows 72% of the handicapped to have been in elementary schools and 22% in secondary schools. A second table gives total enrollment and number of handicapped pupils by school level, and type of handicap. It is estimated that 63% of handicapped pupils received one or more services in elementary school through separate classes, special instruction from regular teachers in regular classes, or individualized instruction from professional personnel. Appendixes cover methodology, definitions of terms used in the questionnaire, and sampling reliability and tables. (MC)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Enrollment Trends, Exceptional Child Research, Handicapped Children, Incidence, National Surveys, Public Schools, Secondary School Students, Statistical Data
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Statistics (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.