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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 2016, 20% of Berks students received special education services, and increase of 9 percentage points since 2001. This rate was higher than the state (at 18%) which had seen an increase of 6 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, Tulpehocken had the highest proportion, at 23%, followed by Antietam, Conrad Weiser and Kutztown, all at 22%. The proportion of students receiving special education services was lowest in Schuylkill Valley, at 17%. Berks' rate of special education students was similar to surrounding counties, with the exception of Schuylkill, which had a higher rate at 22%.

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
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States12%13%13%13%12%12%14%13%12%13%13%13%13%13%13%13%12%
Pennsylvania12%13%13%14%14%15%16%16%17%17%16%17%17%17%17%18%
Berks County10%11%11%12%13%14%14%15%16%17%18%18%18%19%19%19%20%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County11%11%12%13%13%14%15%16%17%17%17%17%17%17%17%18%18%
Lancaster County13%14%15%15%16%16%16%16%17%17%17%16%16%16%16%16%17%
Lebanon County11%12%12%13%13%14%14%15%15%15%16%17%17%17%18%18%19%
Lehigh County11%10%11%12%12%13%13%15%15%16%15%16%16%17%17%17%18%
Montgomery County12%12%13%13%13%14%14%15%16%16%17%17%17%17%17%18%18%
Schuylkill County12%13%14%15%16%17%17%18%19%19%20%20%21%21%21%21%22%
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District10%10%11%12%13%14%14%16%16%17%18%18%18%18%19%20%21%
Tulpehocken Area School District11%11%13%15%18%21%21%21%19%17%17%17%19%19%19%22%23%
Antietam School District12%14%15%15%15%17%17%18%20%21%20%20%19%21%22%24%22%
Reading School District10%11%10%12%12%13%12%13%14%16%19%19%20%20%20%20%20%
Muhlenberg School District11%11%11%12%12%14%15%17%17%17%18%18%18%18%18%19%18%
Hamburg Area School District8%10%11%12%13%12%13%15%14%15%14%14%16%17%17%18%18%
Wyomissing Area School District7%8%8%9%9%10%14%16%15%16%17%17%17%17%18%18%18%
Brandywine Heights Area School District13%15%15%16%17%18%20%20%21%20%19%19%19%19%20%20%20%
Twin Valley School District12%13%13%14%14%14%14%14%14%15%16%16%18%18%18%18%19%
Exeter Township School District9%11%12%13%14%14%15%18%18%18%19%19%18%19%19%19%19%
Schuylkill Valley School District11%11%11%12%12%12%13%13%15%15%16%15%17%16%16%16%17%
Oley Valley School District12%11%12%12%13%13%13%15%15%16%17%17%18%19%19%17%19%
Daniel Boone Area School District10%11%12%12%13%14%14%15%15%15%15%15%16%17%17%18%19%
Kutztown Area School District11%13%14%16%18%19%20%21%20%22%22%22%22%22%23%22%22%
Governor Mifflin School District9%9%10%11%12%13%13%15%16%16%17%17%18%20%21%22%21%
Conrad Weiser Area School District11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%18%19%19%21%22%22%21%21%22%
Wilson School District11%14%15%15%16%15%15%17%16%15%17%17%17%17%17%18%18%
Fleetwood Area School District10%10%11%11%11%12%12%13%13%15%17%17%17%18%18%19%19%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics




Number of Students Receiving Special Education Services
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States5,582,9815,978,1976,300,7486,449,9046,014,9215,932,9066,666,2646,176,8875,763,7296,154,4946,448,1086,319,7076,378,1556,398,2296,415,6455,919,5945,845,462
Pennsylvania222,584232,056242,837253,129260,909267,682292,649293,865295,028294,592295,077294,963295,501294,997296,959302,540
Berks County6,4637,0147,4848,1918,7319,4339,92810,97411,11311,83012,48312,69112,92212,93613,02613,11613,291
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,7277,4128,0408,6539,15610,09010,66611,99212,44512,66012,80513,57813,39813,52313,92714,06614,124
Lancaster County9,0459,41110,14810,44811,08311,29511,42411,55511,60211,56211,31011,04410,85610,94310,99711,06011,216
Lebanon County1,9142,0942,0762,3212,4232,5802,6422,8862,8972,9113,0473,1273,2033,3363,3633,5173,650
Lehigh County4,7574,4154,9975,4985,9926,2926,6457,6337,8577,9778,0218,2278,3068,5258,5658,4988,969
Montgomery County11,90212,09512,82613,46914,20714,84715,46216,66617,41218,11618,52719,03519,71520,13120,29620,60420,989
Schuylkill County2,4142,4602,5822,7682,8663,0513,0483,3693,5043,5203,6093,6383,7063,7843,6923,7313,782
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District6566967257938879729961,1321,1541,2151,2461,2981,2941,3041,3621,4061,481
Tulpehocken Area School District185191223263310359354348312265261261288283278312321
Antietam School District124149161155166190193200213225211208203223229255233
Reading School District1,5251,6501,6931,8971,9782,2222,2022,4172,5102,9243,3773,4673,6123,4593,4453,4013,418
Muhlenberg School District310321328367370425504580582599628652645651647671659
Hamburg Area School District217264297322344343362399366374348354380394386389397
Wyomissing Area School District133140149164175182267303285293314310319324341342351
Brandywine Heights Area School District274310316323333365381389382355339341322305311300295
Twin Valley School District360382402428451445458487491517536556594603613619652
Exeter Township School District354403469514554587639774784814817825786779799767752
Schuylkill Valley School District200205218223228231256256297304315290321313305314351
Oley Valley School District249240254273268263280310303315325326330328325297313
Daniel Boone Area School District277344383407461486512575567582590576605626628635647
Kutztown Area School District211229260292322335353363340365357341326332321301292
Governor Mifflin School District376387428479503539559630663674727734758826848880858
Conrad Weiser Area School District289335342371425450496532537555561600618606576576576
Wilson School District258324342348359333341375358351375379370365361397398
Fleetwood Area School District241255271287300308327348362411444452457473488487486

Source: National Center for Education Statistics




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing