Students Receiving Special Education Services

Students Receiving Special Education Services

What does this measure?

Percent of students (ages 6-21) classified with disabilities and receiving special education services.

Why is this important?

Students receiving special education services can be at greater risk for poor school performance, including lower test scores and a higher chance of dropping out. The proportion of students in special education can significantly affect a school district's budget, as some students may require intensive services. This proportion also can be an indicator of the effectiveness of intervention programs aimed at addressing problems in early years and preventing students from being classified with disabilities.

How is our county performing?

In 2015, 19% of Berks students received special education services, and increase of 8 percentage points since 2001. This rate was higher than the state (at 17%) which had seen an increase of 5 percentage points since 2001. Berks also had a higher proportion than the nation, at 12%, which has remained essentially flat since 2000.

Among local school districts within Berks County, Antietam had the highest proportion, at 24%, followed by Tulpehocken, Kutztown and Governor Mifflin, all at 22%. The proportion of students receiving special education services was lowest in Schuylkill Valley, at 16%. Berks' rate of special education students was similar to surrounding counties, with the exception of Schuylkill, which had a higher rate at 21%

Notes about the data

Data are from the National Center for Education Statistics. Varying school district practices on classifying students as having disabilities can impact the numbers. Also, school districts known for effective special education programs may attract more students with disabilities.

There may be additional research available on this topic. Click on Reports and Resources to learn more.

Students Receiving Special Education Services
United States12%13%13%13%12%12%14%13%12%13%13%13%13%13%13%12%
Berks County10%11%11%12%13%14%14%15%16%17%18%18%18%19%19%19%
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County11%11%12%13%13%14%15%16%16%16%17%17%17%17%18%18%
Lancaster County13%14%15%15%16%16%16%16%17%17%17%16%16%16%16%16%
Lebanon County11%12%12%13%13%14%14%15%15%15%16%17%17%17%18%18%
Lehigh County11%10%11%12%12%13%13%14%15%16%15%15%16%17%17%17%
Montgomery County12%12%13%13%13%14%14%15%16%16%16%16%17%17%16%17%
Schuylkill County12%13%14%15%16%17%17%18%19%20%20%20%21%21%21%21%
School Districts
Antietam School District12%14%15%15%15%17%17%18%20%21%20%20%19%21%22%24%
Boyertown Area School District10%10%11%12%13%14%14%16%16%17%18%18%18%18%19%20%
Brandywine Heights Area School District13%15%15%16%17%18%20%20%21%20%19%19%19%19%20%20%
Conrad Weiser Area School District11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%18%19%19%21%22%22%21%21%
Daniel Boone Area School District10%11%12%12%13%14%14%15%15%15%15%15%16%17%17%18%
Exeter Township School District9%11%12%13%14%14%15%18%18%18%19%19%18%19%19%19%
Fleetwood Area School District10%10%11%11%11%12%12%13%13%15%17%17%17%18%18%19%
Governor Mifflin School District9%9%10%11%12%13%13%15%16%16%17%17%18%20%21%22%
Hamburg Area School District8%10%11%12%13%12%13%15%14%15%14%14%16%17%17%18%
Kutztown Area School District11%13%14%16%18%19%20%21%20%22%22%22%22%22%23%22%
Muhlenberg School District11%11%11%12%12%14%15%17%17%17%18%18%18%18%18%19%
Oley Valley School District12%11%12%12%13%13%13%15%15%16%17%17%18%19%19%17%
Reading School District10%11%10%12%12%13%12%13%14%16%19%19%20%20%20%20%
Schuylkill Valley School District11%11%11%12%12%12%13%13%15%15%16%15%17%16%16%16%
Tulpehocken Area School District11%11%13%15%18%21%21%21%19%17%17%17%19%19%19%22%
Twin Valley School District12%13%13%14%14%14%14%14%14%15%16%16%18%18%18%18%
Wilson School District10%11%11%12%12%13%14%16%17%18%19%19%18%18%17%18%
Wyomissing Area School District7%8%8%9%9%10%14%16%15%16%17%17%17%17%18%18%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Number of Students Receiving Special Education Services
United States5,582,9815,978,1976,300,7486,449,9046,014,9215,932,9066,666,2646,176,8875,763,7296,154,4946,448,1086,319,7076,378,1556,398,2296,415,6455,919,594
Berks County6,4637,0147,4848,1918,7319,4339,92810,97611,12111,83712,48812,69112,92212,93613,02613,116
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,7277,4128,0438,6619,16210,09810,68112,07112,72913,25613,62714,57814,90415,45616,11516,288
Lancaster County9,0459,41110,14810,44811,08311,29511,42411,56011,60511,57211,32011,04410,85610,94310,99711,060
Lebanon County1,9142,0942,0762,3212,4232,5802,6422,8862,8972,9113,0473,1273,2033,3363,3633,517
Lehigh County4,7574,4154,9975,4985,9926,2926,6457,6527,8717,9858,0298,2278,3068,5258,5658,441
Montgomery County11,90212,09712,82713,46914,20814,84715,46216,61917,17417,53917,74018,03818,21718,19918,12518,406
Schuylkill County2,6032,6532,7582,9413,0593,2403,2533,6013,7533,7813,8623,8963,9574,0213,9113,945
School Districts
Antietam School District124149161155166190193200213225211208203223229255
Boyertown Area School District6566967257938879729961,1321,1541,2151,2461,2981,2941,3041,3621,406
Brandywine Heights Area School District274310316323333365381389382355339341322305311300
Conrad Weiser Area School District289335342371425450496532537555561600618606576576
Daniel Boone Area School District277344383407461486512575567582590576605626628635
Exeter Township School District354403469514554587639774784814817825786779799767
Fleetwood Area School District241255271287300308327348362411444452457473488487
Governor Mifflin School District376387428479503539559630663674727734758826848880
Hamburg Area School District217264297322344343362399366374348354380394386389
Kutztown Area School District211229260292322335353363340365357341326332321301
Muhlenberg School District310321328367370425504580582599628652645651647671
Oley Valley School District249240254273268263280310303315325326330328325297
Reading School District1,5251,6501,6931,8971,9782,2222,2022,4172,5102,9243,3773,4673,6123,4593,4453,401
Schuylkill Valley School District200205218223228231256256297304315290321313305314
Tulpehocken Area School District185191223263310359354348312265261261288283278312
Twin Valley School District360382402428451445458487491517536556594603613619
Wilson School District4825135656336567317899319651,0431,0871,0941,0321,0311,0241,051
Wyomissing Area School District133140149164175182267303285293314310319324341342

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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Single-Parent Families Increasing
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Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
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Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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Homeownership Rates Decreasing
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Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
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Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
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Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
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Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing