Disabled or Young? Relative Age and Special Education Diagnoses in Schools

Publisher: Economics of Education Review, vol.29, no. 5
Oct 30, 2010
Authors
Elizabeth Dhuey and Stephen Lipscomb
This study extends recent findings of a relationship between the relative age of students among their peers and their probability of disability classification. Using three nationally representative surveys spanning 1988-2004 and grades K-10, we find that an additional month of relative age decreases the likelihood of receiving special education services by 2-5 percent.