Until more research is done and interventions are developed to address this behavior, researchers hopes this study will inform families, doctors, educators and first responders who grapple with the consequences of elopement.
The greatest number of complaints were about whether students were receiving a free, appropriate public education.
The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.
The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights found that during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, more than 60 percent of students with disabilities in the district were in self-contained classrooms.
The centers could serve--and may in many communities--as a powerful link to work, education, and other opportunities and people with disabilities. But sound monitoring is a part of making sure those centers are serving their purpose, the inspector general said.
The court ruled that there is "no basis to distinguish between out-of-district, but in-state, moves and out-of-state moves in the IDEA or in case law" and rejected the school district's theory that compensatory educational services were "subsumed within the education that he was currently receiving" from his new school district.
One system uses glasses to track where children look and facial-analysis software to identify when a child makes eye contact, and the other uses sensors to detect and classify whether certain behaviors are aggressive, self-injurious, or disruptive.
The 84,000-student district agreed to find ways to eliminate the delays in evaluation and improve special education overall.
New Hanover schools are complying with a state law that allows practices including seclusion rooms to deal with aggressive student behavior.
Just 5 percent of 8th graders and 5 percent of 12th graders who took the new National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing earned a score at or above the "proficient" level.