Exiting status refers to whether a child was receiving services at the beginning of the reporting period, but left Part B or Part C services sometime before the end of the 12-month reporting period and, if so, for what reason. It also identifies if a child who has left Part C is eligible for Part B services. These tables use the cumulative total, rather than the December 1st “snapshot” total, because children may exit anytime during the reporting period.
The vast majority of children who exited Part C were eligible for Part B (77%). The remaining died (8%), moved out of state (3%), were withdrawn by parents (2.6%), had an undetermined Part B eligibility status (2%), or were not eligible for Part B and exited with no referrals (1%).
Children exit Part B for a number of reasons. They graduate, age out, transfer to regular education, drop out, or die. In the past, National Deaf-Blind Child Count Part B exiting data included children of all ages who exited Part B. To better align with IDEA Part B reporting, this 2019 report includes exiting status only for ages 14 and older. Previous reports included exiting status for children aged 3 and older.