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Child Count

This is an unduplicated count of all children with disabilities receiving services in North Carolina. The following chart identifies the exceptionality, timeline, reporting period, and the electronic or web-based system where data are maintained.

Children with disabilities who receive special education and related services according to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Service Plan Annually December 1 April 1 CECAS
Children who are academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) who have a Differentiated Education Plan (DEP) Annually N/A April 1 SIMS or NCWISE
Children diagnosed with disabilities who are also academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) Annually N/A April 1 CECAS

Children with disabilities ages 3-5 and 6-21 are reported according to their: (a) disability category and discrete age year based upon the child's age as of the data collection date; (b) race/ethnicity and disability category; (c) discrete age year and educational environment; and (d) race/ethnicity and educational environment. Data are analyzed and a December 1 Child Count Report is sent to WESTAT and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) no later than February 1st.

The child count data are North Carolina's counts of children ages 3 through 21 (grouped by ages 3-5 and 6-21) receiving special education and related services under IDEA, Part B on December 1 of each year. The educational environments data are North Carolina's counts of the number of students, ages 3 through 21 (grouped separately for ages 3-5 and 6-21), served in each educational environment on December 1 of each year. These data provide a measure of the extent to which students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled peers. The AIG child count data are North Carolina's children ages 5 through 20 receiving AIG services under a DEP on April 1 of each year.

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