Located at the intersection of the public and private sectors, special education is an underserved market that has expanded over the years to cover a wider range of educational needs. There are exciting opportunities in special education given the fragmentation of the sector, huge capital and funding tailwinds, and growing awareness of the critical need for these solutions. Additionally, the sector presents intriguing opportunities for companies and investors with a double bottom line orientation.

Key takeaways

  • How the number of American public-school students receiving special education services has increased, while overall enrollment has been largely flat
  • Challenges facing school districts, including a lack of resources and expertise as well as persistent teacher and therapist shortages
  • Growing awareness of the critical need for additional services such as academic intervention and mental health supports, especially following COVID-19
  • Why technology is set to play an increasing role in improving inclusivity, driving individualized learning, and improving student outcomes