Based on recent data from Ohio and the U.S. Departments of Education, approximately 14% of students have been identified with a disability (NCES, 2019; ODE, 2019). At both state and national levels, the three most populated categories of special education are specific learning disabilities, other health impairments, and speech and language, which together account for 60% of all students with disabilities. Autism is the fourth most identified area at the state and national levels. When looking at the percentage of students in college that have disabilities, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that 19% of undergraduate students reported having a disability during the 2015-2016 school year.
Students identified with disabilities will be due for reevaluations during high school because of requirements from IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities (2014). For many students, services have been provided for many years and both the parent and student have been through one or more reevaluations and a high school reevaluation will be the last school-provided evaluation of their educational careers. According to the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities (2014), reevaluations must contain a review of existing evaluation data, present levels of achievement and developmental needs, and provide adequate evidence that the child continues to have a disability and need for special education.To read more, a purchase is needed: Click here to subscribe