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Indicator 6: Preschool Settings

Indicator 6:

Indicator 6 of the SPP/APR measures the percentage of preschool children ages 3 through 5 with IEPs attending a

A: Regular early childhood program and receiving the majority of special education and related services in the regular early childhood program; and

B: Separate education class, separate school or a residential facility.

** - Five-year-old children who participate in a kindergarten program are not included in this count. Those students are included in Indicator 5. Only three-, four- and five-year-old students in preschool classes should be included in the Indicator 6 count.

Decision Tree

To help school districts understand how to classify preschool students for reporting on Indicator 6, the Office of Special Education created this decision tree.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Guidance

OSEP issued a Dear Colleague letter on February 29, 2012, which reiterated that the least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements apply to the placement of preschool children with disabilities.