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Arkansas School Age Special Education Program File

The Arkansas Child Find Awareness Project, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Grants and Data Management Unit, has compiled the following information as a quick reference fact sheet regarding the special education services provided to school-aged students with disabilities in Arkansas. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Arkansas Special Education Resource Center (ASERC) by telephone at 1-800-482-8437 or visiting the Arkansas Child Find Website at www.archildfind.org

State School age Age Child Count

The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit and local districts report the annual child count of all students with disabilities to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on December 1 of every school year. The following statistics reflect the state school age child count for the 2004-2005 school year.

Special Education Child Count (ages 5-21, as of 12/01/2004): 58,963

By Race:
American Indian
410
Asian/Pacific Islander
307
Black
15,531
White
40,512
Hispanic
2,203

By Gender:

Male
39,110
Female
19,853

By Disability:

Autism
1254
Deafblindess
13
Hearing Impairments (including Deafness)
584
Emotional Disturbance
723
Mental Retardation
10867
Multiple Disabilities
1278
Orthopedic Impairment
193
Other Health Impairment
7722
Speech or Language Impairment
13385
Specific Learning Disability
22552
Traumatic Brain Injury
117
Vision Impairment
215

 

1st Quarter State Average Daily Membership(based on all students counted during 1st quarter of 2004-2005 )
449618
Percent Special Education (percent of student in Special Education 1st quarter, 2004-2005)

13.11%

 

State School Age Service Provision

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that each public agency shall provide students with disabilities a continuum of alternative placement in their educational setting. In addition, the ADE has established standards regarding the licensure of professionals who provide instruction and related services to students with disabilities in the school setting.

Special Education Continuum of Settings (least restrictive environment or LRE)

Outside Regular classroom Placement: less than 21% of school day
27,219
Outside Regular Classroom Placement: at least 21% but no more than 60% of school day
23,000
Outside Regular Classroom Placement: more than 60% of school day
7251
All Other Placements
1493

Special Education Professionals (as reported for Special Education Program Approval, 2004-2005 school year)

Special Education Administrators
360
Special Education Teachers (fully certified)
2901
Special Education Teachers (not fully certified)
261
Speech Language Pathologists
581
Special Education Paraprofessionals
1989

State School Age Financial Information


Special Education Budget (2003-2004)

Federal VI-B Budget
$97957412.00
State/Local Budget
227972909.00

Special Education State Average Per Pupil Expenditure (2003-2004)
$8,500.00


Required Proportions Share for Privately Placed Students (2004-2005)
$3,427,707.00

Medicaid Receipts (2003-2004)

Physical Therapy
$1834874.00
Occupational Therapy
2737531.00
Speech Therapy
3189373.00