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Students with Disabilities in the District of Columbia Landscape Analysis

As part of the commitment we made in our strategic plan to help accelerate academic outcomes for students with disabilities, OSSE has developed a comprehensive landscape analysis to help establish a shared understanding of the current state of students with disabilities in the District. Drawing from in-depth data analysis, focus groups and interviews as well as online research, we have examined who these students are, where they live and attend school, their current outcomes, their rates of identification and exit, key barriers hindering their progress, lessons learned from other states, and initial recommendations for what we as the state education agency can do to address these barriers. We have included national benchmarks and comparisons to other states and urban districts where possible. We believe that sharing this comprehensive fact base is an important first step toward developing a shared, citywide agenda to accelerate academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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