More than three-quarters (78 percent) of the overall group of secondary students with mental retardation took a vocational education course in a given semester. This section focuses on the experiences of students with mental retardation in general education vocational classes.13
13 Of those students with mental retardation who took vocational classes, 65 percent took a vocational class in a special education setting, and 44 percent did so in a general education setting. This section focuses on experiences in general education vocational courses. Information about students' vocational education classes was provided by school staff responding to the Wave 1 NLTS2 student's school program survey. If vocational courses were taken in general education settings, school staff respondents were asked to obtain information about the class from the general education vocational teacher; additional information was not collected for students taking vocational courses in special education settings.