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 need 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 special education expert? Take this quiz and find out! Answers below.
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 updated November 15, 2018)
U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts Data Warehouse (EDW): “IDEA Part B Child Count and Educational Environments Collection,” 2016-17. Data extracted as of July 12, 2017 from file specifications 002 and 089.
U.S. Bureau of the Census. “2016 State Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin”. Data accessed July 2017 from http://www.census.gov/popest