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2014 EGR Public Schools Special Education K-12 Identification Rate
This year, East Grand Rapids Public Schools again grabbed the top spot for having the lowest K-12 special education identification rate among Michigan public school districts with more than 1000 K-12 students (353 districts).

For the school year 2013-2014, EGRPS broke the 5% barrier, with a K-12 special education identification rate of 4.97%. There were 149 K-12 special education students out of a total K-12 population of 2,995, according to MiSchoolData student counts show 151 special education students out of 2,997, but a closer look at the MiSchoolData information shows two of those students are post-secondary special education students (not K-12).

It’s important to look at K-12 identification rates because total identification rates can include early childhood and adult special education, and not all districts have those programs. That’s why it’s important to be comparing apples to apples. EGRPS has a significant number of pre-kindergarten children in special education; the inclusion of that population significantly skews the EGRPS special education identification rate, making the total EGRPS identification rate significantly higher than its K-12 identification rate. In other words, it masks what’s going on in the K-12 special education population.

East Grand Rapids Public Schools’ special education identification rate is 2.5 standard deviations below the average identification rate of 11.87%. East Grand Rapids Public Schools has approximately 3,000 students; so each percent in identification rate is equal to 30 students.

Below is the list of districts and their respective special education identification rates.

2013-2014 K-12 Special Ed Identification Rates

Population: MI Public Districts with >1000 K-12 Students, n=353

DistrictK-12 Total
K-12 Special
Ed Students
K-12 SE %
East Grand Rapids Public Schools29951494.97%
St. Joseph Public Schools28951735.98%
Fulton Schools1011646.33%
DeWitt Public Schools30111956.48%
Rockford Public Schools78805606.61%
Jonesville Community Schools14901016.78%
Bronson Community School District1076746.88%
McBain Rural Agricultural Schools1028727.00%
Byron Center Public Schools37252657.09%
Forest Hills Public Schools101187287.09%
Northville Public Schools74036237.15%
East Lansing School District34702537.16%
Houghton-Portage Township School Di13821007.24%
Westwood Heights Schools1311977.40%
Pennfield Schools21011567.43%
Sturgis Public Schools33382497.46%
Coldwater Community Schools28252127.50%
Hopkins Public Schools16481247.52%
Bangor Public Schools (Van Buren)13151017.61%
Hartland Consolidated Schools55474327.79%
Mona Shores Public School District38693067.79%
Dearborn City School District1941115427.79%
Troy School District1259310247.79%
Berrien Springs Public Schools24481927.84%
Gull Lake Community Schools29742377.88%
North Muskegon Public Schools1013818.00%
Fennville Public Schools13941128.03%
Otsego Public Schools22731848.10%
Lowell Area Schools37153028.13%
Laingsburg Community Schools1119928.22%
Novi Community School District63585238.23%
Oxford Community Schools52584478.26%
Allendale Public Schools25312098.26%
Armada Area Schools19951668.32%
Portage Public Schools87297348.38%
Ferndale Public Schools31772778.43%
Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)39943408.44%
Cheboygan Area Schools18971618.49%
Spring Lake Public Schools24892168.49%
Plainwell Community Schools27232398.68%
Dundee Community Schools15661368.68%
Olivet Community Schools15061318.70%
Jenison Public Schools47114138.71%
Riverview Community School District28432488.72%
Mattawan Consolidated School37943338.75%
Lake Orion Community Schools75346858.78%
West Ottawa Public School District71976348.78%
Goodrich Area Schools21081888.83%
Melvindale-North Allen Park Schools28732548.84%
Berkley School District46334348.90%
Oak Park, School District of the Ci44013978.90%
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools1761715938.90%
Hamtramck, School District of the C28752578.94%
Lakeshore School District (Berrien)28292538.94%
Grosse Ile Township Schools19041718.98%
School District of the City of Birm82697828.99%
Hudsonville Public School District62515709.03%
Napoleon Community Schools14281299.03%
Crestwood School District35493219.04%
Dearborn Heights School District #726702429.06%
Ida Public School District14561329.07%
Bath Community Schools1045959.09%
Warren Consolidated Schools1518214109.11%
Buchanan Community Schools15951469.15%
Grand Blanc Community Schools85367849.18%
Imlay City Community Schools20871929.20%
Negaunee Public Schools15451449.20%
Watervliet School District14001299.21%
Vicksburg Community Schools26772539.25%
Parchment School District17261619.28%
Gaylord Community Schools30412849.34%
Schoolcraft Community Schools11051059.42%
Okemos Public Schools39993839.53%
School District of the City of Roya49094759.57%
Lake Fenton Community Schools20241979.64%
Madison District Public Schools15341509.72%
Davison Community Schools55575419.74%
Avondale School District34933519.79%
Elk Rapids Schools13571359.82%
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools16471629.84%
Williamston Community Schools17991779.84%
Ann Arbor Public Schools1648116489.85%
Farmington Public School District1079311829.87%
Blissfield Community Schools12431239.90%
Clio Area School District32993289.94%
Hillsdale Community Schools13471349.95%
Kent City Community Schools13461349.96%
Kingsley Area Schools13851399.97%
Leslie Public Schools13231329.98%
Coloma Community Schools17231729.98%
Oakridge Public Schools19221929.99%
St. Johns Public Schools30933099.99%
Edwardsburg Public Schools275527610.02%
Freeland Community School District185218610.04%
Caledonia Community Schools444146610.05%
Rochester Community School District14997155510.09%
Sandusky Community School District100810210.12%
East China School District439744610.14%
Center Line Public Schools272327910.18%
Kenowa Hills Public Schools331433910.20%
Thornapple Kellogg School District305431210.22%
Almont Community Schools151915710.28%
Kalamazoo Public Schools12459128310.28%
Public Schools of Calumet149715410.29%
Maple Valley Schools112611810.32%
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools14913158210.33%
Public Schools of Petoskey294030410.34%
Grass Lake Community Schools124712910.34%
Allen Park Public Schools371938510.35%
Utica Community Schools28407299010.37%
Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun)395041010.38%
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools188819610.38%
Comstock Park Public Schools216422610.44%
Haslett Public Schools273428710.46%
Chippewa Valley Schools16466173310.47%
Richmond Community Schools156416410.49%
Clare Public Schools153516110.49%
Portland Public Schools204021510.50%
Dexter Community School District356938110.52%
Cadillac Area Public Schools311632910.53%
Marysville Public Schools272728910.53%
Hanover-Horton School District124213110.55%
Standish-Sterling Community Schools165717510.56%
Gladstone Area Schools148615710.57%
Lake City Area School District114412110.58%
Holt Public Schools578661610.62%
Hamilton Community Schools263928210.62%
Zeeland Public Schools575661810.67%
Clintondale Community Schools316134610.69%
Menominee Area Public Schools150516110.70%
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools11257121610.70%
Fraser Public Schools538858410.71%
Grandville Public Schools566262010.73%
Pine River Area Schools106911510.76%
Kalkaska Public Schools160917410.76%
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools206122310.78%
Brandywine Community Schools141915310.78%
Grosse Pointe Public Schools828192710.80%
Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools110112010.82%
Frankenmuth School District123713410.83%
Sparta Area Schools263328810.87%
Essexville-Hampton Public Schools175619110.88%
Brandon School District in the Coun298333510.90%
Cass City Public Schools105112210.93%
Grant Public School District198321710.94%
Charlevoix Public Schools104611510.99%
Lawton Community School District100011111.01%
Romeo Community Schools527058411.05%
Tecumseh Public Schools293032611.13%
Wayland Union Schools292033211.13%
Fenton Area Public Schools345638711.20%
Alpena Public Schools389844011.29%
Fitzgerald Public Schools271030711.33%
Paw Paw Public School District224725511.35%
North Branch Area Schools242427611.39%
Brighton Area Schools599868311.39%
Whitehall District Schools210424511.39%
Constantine Public School District144916611.40%
Mason Public Schools (Ingham)309735311.40%
Stockbridge Community Schools146916811.44%
Newaygo Public School District166019011.45%
Traverse City Area Public Schools9783112811.47%
Pinckney Community Schools379943611.48%
Chelsea School District243828711.48%
Central Montcalm Public Schools172119811.50%
Clinton Community Schools114513211.53%
South Haven Public Schools222726111.56%
Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools245128911.57%
Hazel Park, School District of the 384056911.64%
Manchester Community Schools115013411.65%
Flushing Community Schools409447811.65%
Western School District294634811.66%
Lake Shore Public Schools (Macomb)369144611.68%
West Bloomfield School District595072011.69%
Clarkston Community School District792096811.70%
Southfield Public School District705886611.73%
Birch Run Area Schools184021611.74%
Adrian, School District of the City306636111.75%
Beecher Community School District132615611.76%
Charlotte Public Schools261431311.81%
Swan Valley School District176720911.83%
Huron Valley Schools9685117111.84%
Clarenceville School District189322511.84%
Mason County Central Schools139616611.89%
Airport Community Schools254030311.89%
Three Rivers Community Schools269032311.91%
South Lake Schools198123611.91%
Wyoming Public Schools432751611.93%
Grand Haven Area Public Schools614673811.94%
Bedford Public Schools463855511.97%
Vandercook Lake Public Schools130215711.99%
Niles Community Schools383548412.00%
St. Charles Community Schools103212412.02%
Anchor Bay School District613074212.05%
Harper Creek Community Schools258031112.05%
Howell Public Schools769592912.07%
Millington Community Schools129315712.07%
Boyne City Public Schools130715812.09%
Ravenna Public Schools109613312.14%
Milan Area Schools230628612.14%
South Lyon Community Schools743591312.14%
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools545266512.17%
Mason Consolidated Schools (Monroe)116614212.18%
Benzie County Central Schools163320112.31%
Croswell-Lexington Community School232228612.32%
Tawas Area Schools125015412.32%
Lincoln Park, School District of th484761512.33%
Saginaw Township Community Schools491961212.33%
Kentwood Public Schools8739109812.34%
Kelloggsville Public Schools216826812.36%
Yale Public Schools205425412.37%
Fowlerville Community Schools291436112.39%
Cedar Springs Public Schools339443212.44%
Iron Mountain Public Schools100312512.46%
Michigan Center School District142917912.46%
Waverly Community Schools276435112.48%
Hartford Public Schools136117012.49%
Madison School District (Lenawee)156019512.50%
Lapeer Community Schools559470812.50%
Grand Ledge Public Schools506364112.50%
Orchard View Schools264533212.55%
Onsted Community Schools148218712.56%
Gibraltar School District369746512.58%
Livonia Public Schools School Distr14819207812.67%
Woodhaven-Brownstown School Distric492462612.68%
Allegan Public Schools262133712.69%
Kearsley Community School District330042212.71%
Godwin Heights Public Schools227428912.71%
Romulus Community Schools318540612.72%
Waterford School District10346138212.73%
Lamphere Public Schools276539212.76%
Tri County Area Schools214727412.76%
Hesperia Community Schools108213912.77%
Northview Public Schools342343712.77%
Fruitport Community Schools291538312.81%
Muskegon, Public Schools of the Cit434956512.85%
Durand Area Schools151319512.89%
Monroe Public Schools591576412.90%
Port Huron Area School District9243119312.91%
Saline Area Schools530671912.91%
Pinconning Area Schools135517713.00%
Algonac Community School District179523413.04%
Saranac Community Schools105013713.05%
Bloomingdale Public School District121115913.06%
Manistee Area Public Schools153220113.06%
Byron Area Schools107514113.12%
Jackson Public Schools582377013.13%
Jefferson Schools (Monroe)200126313.14%
Reeths-Puffer Schools386051013.19%
Columbia School District141718713.20%
Marshall Public Schools255933813.21%
Swartz Creek Community Schools400353513.26%
Bangor Township Schools243632413.30%
Van Buren Public Schools508968413.32%
Chesaning Union Schools155520913.33%
Farwell Area Schools143119113.35%
Crawford AuSable Schools165422313.43%
Owosso Public Schools318043613.47%
Eaton Rapids Public Schools254534313.48%
Lakeview Community Schools (Montcal126817113.49%
Comstock Public Schools201427213.51%
Coopersville Area Public School Dis254734413.51%
Fremont Public School District224030913.56%
Bad Axe Public Schools109615013.61%
Flint, School District of the City 710496713.61%
Wayne-Westland Community School Dis12000166913.63%
Greenville Public Schools367650113.63%
Caro Community Schools179324713.63%
Montague Area Public Schools152321013.73%
Bullock Creek School District189926213.75%
Saginaw, School District of the Cit716898713.76%
Homer Community School District111915413.76%
Delton Kellogg Schools138819213.77%
Dowagiac Union School District232332113.82%
Battle Creek Public Schools493868313.83%
Hemlock Public School District123617113.83%
Bloomfield Hills Schools548382513.84%
Flat Rock Community Schools185625713.85%
Harper Woods, The School District o158822113.86%
Perry Public Schools132818713.89%
Midland Public Schools7748109713.93%
South Redford School District316144213.93%
Michigan Educational Choice Center100714114.00%
Marquette Area Public Schools307943314.01%
Corunna Public Schools211429914.02%
Bendle Public Schools115316214.05%
Escanaba Area Public Schools250335214.06%
Northwest Community Schools283139914.09%
Ludington Area School District226933514.20%
St. Louis Public Schools114616314.22%
Benton Harbor Area Schools266838214.32%
Big Rapids Public Schools194627914.34%
Trenton Public Schools267839114.44%
Hastings Area School District277640214.45%
Union City Community Schools107715614.48%
LakeVille Community School District140820414.49%
Lakewood Public Schools201929514.61%
Bay City School District8208120314.63%
Belding Area School District198429214.72%
NICE Community School District117017814.78%
Ithaca Public Schools130619314.78%
Westwood Community School District259838614.86%
Shelby Public Schools137920614.94%
Roseville Community Schools499875215.05%
Roscommon Area Public Schools115617515.06%
Linden Community Schools294744415.07%
Hart Public School District130119815.22%
Huron School District250738615.23%
Pontiac City School District449074615.29%
Capac Community Schools120018415.33%
Meridian Public Schools129720115.37%
Carrollton Public Schools199745615.38%
Clawson Public Schools174427115.44%
White Cloud Public Schools101415715.48%
Breitung Township School District172726815.52%
Warren Woods Public Schools328652015.59%
Detroit City School District48730811315.64%
Education Achievement Authority of6517102115.67%
Chippewa Hills School District218134515.78%
Holland City School District392162615.82%
Gladwin Community Schools178428415.92%
Mt. Pleasant City School District349357615.94%
Morley Stanwood Community Schools120319316.04%
Lansing Public School District11995198016.09%
River Rouge, School District of the142022916.13%
Alma Public Schools223336216.21%
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Scho164826816.26%
Holly Area School District337657216.30%
East Jackson Community Schools115919016.32%
Houghton Lake Community Schools144223716.44%
Montrose Community Schools138622916.52%
Reed City Area Public Schools151425516.79%
Shepherd Public Schools180630516.80%
Garden City Public Schools445183716.80%
New Haven Community Schools125521216.89%
Southgate Community School District478682316.95%
Mount Clemens Community School Dist120020817.13%
East Detroit Public Schools381366817.39%
Beaverton Rural Schools125622117.60%
Taylor School District7478131717.61%
Ionia Public Schools300853017.62%
Harrison Community Schools148026217.65%
School District of Ypsilanti451080617.65%
Van Dyke Public Schools275149717.98%
Oscoda Area Schools124022317.98%
Lincoln Consolidated School Distric429677818.05%
Whitmore Lake Public School Distric100118718.60%
Gwinn Area Community Schools111720818.62%
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools207038918.79%
Redford Union Schools, District No.299556718.93%
Vassar Public Schools127924619.11%
Grand Rapids Public Schools15989310619.40%
Wyandotte, School District of the C4653111719.98%


Small Districts

Were there any small K-12 public districts with lower special education identification rates?

Yes. Only Four.

Districts with small populations may have more variance due to small sample size.

Also, you’ll note Northport Public Schools is among the small K-12 public districts with a lower identification rate. Northport Public Schools lost a costly and lengthy special education legal battle. You can read about that here.

Small Districts with Lower Special Ed Identification Rates

DistrictK-12 Total
K-12 Special
Ed Students
K-12 SE %
Mackinaw City Public Schools19452.58%
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools646264.02%
Northport Public School District16784.79%
Posen Consolidated School District No. 9243124.94%

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