Facts and Figures About States With Highest Percentages of Rural Students Qualifying for Special Education Services

Last Updated: March 29, 2011

This article appeared in the March 2011 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: In which five states is the percentage of rural students who qualify for special education services is highest?

Answer: New Jersey, at 27.3%, has the highest rate of rural students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), followed by New Mexico (18.5%), Arizona (18.1%), Kentucky, (18.1%), Maine (18%), and West Virginia (17.7%). The national average is 14.0%.

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