Section 3: Children and mental health disabilities
3.5. Do dropout and graduation rates differ for youth with emotional disturbance compared to youth with other disabilities?
In school year 1998-99, the drop-out rate for students with emotional disturbance age 14 and over was 50.6%—the highest of any category of disability. (Specific learning disabilities was the next highest category at 27.1%.) There were 16,583 students with emotional disturbance who dropped out in that school year.
In that same school year, the graduation rate for students with emotional disturbance was 41.9%. There were 13,735 students with emotional disturbance that graduated with a standard diploma in that school year.
More than half of all youth with emotional disturbance dropped out of school, the highest rate among all disability categories.
Figure 19: Number and percentage of students age 14 and older with disabilities who dropped out, by selected disability categories
Source: U.S. Department of Education, OSERS (2001), Table I-1
Surveys: U.S. Department of Education, OSEP, Data Analysis System, 1998-99