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A Closer Look: Students with Disabilities (SD)

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Credits Earned
Curriculum Levels
Missing Requirements to Attain Standard
Missing Requirements to Attain Midlevel

 Students with disabilities represented 8 percent of all graduates in 2009. Compared with students without disabilities, students with disabilities earned, on average, fewer credits overall.

Credits earned, by student disability status and course type: 2009
Average credits earned by student disability status and course type: 2009
Course type Students with disabilities Students without disabilities
Total credits earned Total credits earned
Average credits Standard error Average credits Standard error
Overall 26.8 * (0.13) 27.2   (0.10)
Core academic 15.0 * (0.09) 16.0   (0.05)
Other academic 3.7 * (0.08) 5.4   (0.05)
Other 8.0 * (0.18) 5.8   (0.09)

* Significantly different (p<.05) from students without disabilities.

NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding. Core academic courses are English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Other academic courses are fine arts, foreign languages, and computer-related studies. Other courses include courses such as vocational education, personal health, and physical education.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2009.

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