More than 20 percent of special education students with an individualized education plan (IEP) were not receiving specialized instruction or services in the spring of 2020, when most schools shifted to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nationwide survey of parents.

Source: “UAS242 Wave 4 Methodology and Topline (April 29-May 26, 2020),” USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Specialized Instruction Status Percentage
Receiving services 74.3%
Not receiving services 20.3%
Unsure 5.4%

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