Educational Equity Data Talk: Students with Disabilities (April 2023)

In this month’s talk, we discussed data on students with disabilities. Data from the California Department of Education indicates that about 12% of students in Monterey County have a disability, while 19% of African-American students have a disability. Specific learning disabilities are the most common types of disability recorded in the data (5%).

Emergent Bilingual (EB) students are disproportionately represented among students with disabilities – while 36% of students in Monterey County are emergent bilingual, 45% of students with disabilities are emergent bilingual and 16% of emergent bilingual students have a disability (compared to 12% overall). Emergent bilingual students with disabilities also reclassify as English proficient at lower rates (59% by 12th grade, compared to 86% by 12th grade for students without a disability).

Students with a disability experience other differences in educational outcomes as well. They are twice as likely to be suspended as students without a disability, only 83% complete high school, and about half go on to enroll in college after high school.

There are also several Bright Spots in the data on students with disabilities in Monterey County. In Soledad USD, 95% of emergent bilingual students with disabilities reclassify as English proficient by 12th grade. 97% of students with disabilities at Salinas High School completed high school. 56% of students with disabilities who completed high school at Monterey Peninsula USD enrolled in college.

Access the talk recording, slides, and data sets here:

Please join us for next month’s data talk in which we will look at languages in Monterey County. We welcome all members of the community to come learn about relevant education topics – data expertise is not required to attend. To be notified about the time and date and receive the Zoom link, subscribe to our newsletter.