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U.S. Department of Education Records Significant Rise in Number of Students With Autism

Newly released data from the Department of Education has shown a steep rise in the number of students with autism.

The U.S. Department of Education has found a steep rise in the number of students with autism. According to new data from the DOE, in 2018, 10.51 percent of all students with disabilities between 6 and 21 years old were identified as having autism. 10 years earlier, the figure was at 4.97 percent. The data was revealed this month as part of a collection of “fast facts” on autism, released by the Education Department’s Office of Special Education Programs.  

According to a report by Disability, the data found that the percentage of students with disabilities who had autism varied from state to state, with a high of 15% in Minnesota during the 2018-2019 school year. The statistics also showed that four out of five students with autism were male, and that black and Hispanic children were identified as having autism less frequently than their peers.  

The Department of Education also found that children with autism were less likely than children with other conditions to spend at least 80% of their day in classes with typically-developing peers. The Department of Education showed that of the children who left school during the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of children with autism graduated with a regular diploma, while 18% received a certificate.  


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