Are you a Special Ed Census Genius?

Are you a Special Ed Census Genius?

Ah, fall is upon us.  The evenings are getting crisper, pots of soup are simmering on the stove, and one word is ringing in special education administrators’ brains.  At first, the word is just thrown around in casual conversation, and then, as the magical date approaches, it becomes somewhat of a mantra. 

Census.   Census.  Census.            

As important as December 1st is for federal funding for special education services, it is surprising how little information there is on the topic online.   Perhaps because it is not new and exciting, or, for most people, it is just simply a deadline.  

But without census, districts wouldn’t have the resources they needs to serve kids.  So we thought we could have some fun with this annual event that, well, might deserve a little more love than it gets.  Think you’re a census expert?  Take this quiz and find out!  Answers below.

1. On average, the percentage of students nationwide participating in an IEP is: 
     a. 10%
     b. 6%
     c. 13%
     c. 20%

2. Which of the following can NOT be counted for census:
     a.  2-year-olds or 22-year-olds
     b. Head Start programs
     c. Private/parochial schools within your district boundaries
     d. School at home (homeschooled) within your district boundaries 

3. Which of the following has the highest percentage of students on IEP’s, at a whopping 29%?
     a. Montana
     b. Rhode Island
     c. Ohio
     d. Puerto Rico

4. When comparing students in urban and rural settings, which of the following is true?
     a. Students living in urban areas were more likely than their counterparts in suburban or rural areas to receive special services through an IEP.
     b. Students living in rural areas were more likely than their counterparts in suburban or urban areas to receive special services through an IEP.
     c. There is no difference when comparing regional characteristics and IEP services.

5.  We all know that Specific Learning Disability is the most common disability.  What is the second most common?
     a. Other Health Impairment
     b. Autism
     c. Speech/Language Impairment or Communication Disorder
     d. Intellectual Disability or Mental Retardation

6. Federal funding for IDEA for 2014 covered what percent of the cost of educating children with disabilities, leaving the rest for states to fund on their own?
     a. 50%
     b. 70%
     c. 15%
     d. 100% 

Answer key: 1. c – 13%   2. a – 2 or 22 year olds    3. d – Puerto Rico    4. a – urban are more likely  5. c – SLI/CD   6. c – 15% (sad, but true) 

What’s your Census Quotient (CQ)?

6 correct : Your CQ is 135.

Wow! You’re a Census Genius!! Way ahead of the curve.

4-5 correct: Your CQ is 110  

Good for you!  You’re well within typical limits when compared to your peers. 

2-3 correct: Your CQ is 85

You are in the borderline range for your knowledge of census.  

0-1 correct: Your CQ is 65 

You might need some specially designed instruction in the content area of census 

No matter what your CQ is, we wish you the best of luck in this busy time of year.  We are sending you thoughts of timelines met, completed IEPs, and locked eligibilities! 

Post your CQ below!  We’d love to hear how you did.


Resources:

http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/data-element-explorer.cfm/deid/5/

http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=individualized-education-plans

http://www.state.nj.us/education/finance/sereport.pdf

http://febp.newamerica.net/background-analysis/individuals-disabilities-education-act-funding-distribution