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Resources: National Perspectives



NASDSE Report of State Technical Assistance Needs
"What Technical Assistance States Need to Collect Post-School Outcome Data for Youth with Disabilities" is a summary of conference calls conducted by the National Post-School Outcomes Center and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). Thirty states and the Regional Resource Centers participated in the calls in August 2005.


National Longitudinal Transition Study Report
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and documents the experiences of a national sample of students who were 13 to 16 years of age in 2000 as they move from secondary school into adult roles. The focus is on a wide range of important topics, such as high school coursework, extracurricular activities, academic performance, postsecondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community participation. The Web site includes data tables drawn from parent interviews, student surveys and teacher surveys. 

NLTS2 has released several new reports. These special topic reports present in-depth comparisons of youth with disabilities in secondary school between 1987 National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) and 2001 (NLTS2). Titles include: Changes Over Time in the Early Postschool Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities (June 2005); After High School: A First Look at the Postschool Experiences of Youth with Disabilities (April 2005); Family Involvement in the Educational Development of Youth with Disabilities (March 2005)

NLTS2 Data Tables. All NLTS2 Wave 1 and Wave 2 data are available on the web, including parent/youth interview, school survey, and student assessment data! Users can download and view the data in cross-tabular format.

National Longitudinal Transition Study-2: A Synthesis of Three NLTS2 Reports on Going to School, Youth Achievements and Services and Supports
Prepared by Project Forum at NASDSE, this document synthesizes information from three NLTS2 reports: Going to School: Instructional Context, Programs, and Participation of Secondary Students with Disabilities; The Achievements of Youth with Disabilities During Secondary School; and Services and Supports for Secondary School Students with Disabilities.


U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
Mission: ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

GAO Report
The General Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report on (1) the proportion of IEP students completing high school with a diploma or alternative credentials, and their postsecondary status; (2) the transition problems being reported and state and local actions to address them; and (3) the types of transition service provided by vocational rehabilitation, the Workforce Investment Act youth, and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency programs, and the factors affecting participation of IDEA youth. The entire report ends with recommendations for action by USDE.


NCD Reports
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. NCD has published three reports related to post-school outcomes. These documents may take a few moments to download. Please be patient.