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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 (see data table for text-only version)

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

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