Indicator 14 Tools and Resources
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Indicator 14 of the Illinois State Performance Plan (SPP), Part B for 2005-2010, require the state to collect post secondary outcomes data on students with disabilities one year after leaving school (i.e. students who graduate, dropout, or age out). The Post School Survey, developed by the National Post School Outcomes Center, assesses the outcomes of individuals with disabilities one year after they have exited high school. The Illinois Post School Survey is a web-based survey process that provides a framework for local districts to collect and analyze the outcomes of former students, and to identify areas of strength and weakness in preparing students for adult life. Former students are contacted for a brief interview to assess the areas of independent living, participation in postsecondary education, and employment.
A web application has been developed which Sites will use to report survey results, using the login and password provided by Harrisburg Project. The web application can be accessed at https://www.hbug.k12.il.us/SPPDC/. The web application training demo can be accessed at http://www.hbug.k12.il.us/SPPDC/help/SPP 14 Data Collection New.swf
- Indicator 14 District Cycle (6/15)
- Suggestions for Post-School Outcomes (Indicator 14) Data Collection
- Sample District Letter to Former Student Word version (6/15)
Yearly, approximately 100,000 former students who had an individual education plan (IEP) when they left high school are contacted to participate in a post-school survey. Efforts are made to contact youth who represent a variety of disabilities, as well as, minority youth and those who left high school with a diploma or dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, there are groups of youth who are difficult to contact and who are routinely underrepresented in the post-school survey data (e.g., those students who leave school early). To learn strategies for contacting youth who are hard-to-find, the National Post-School Outcomes Center conducted six focus groups with young adults and their family members in four states. This document summarizes the strategies recommended by youth and their families. Strategies are organized by five common themes.
This paper provides information to assist other states in including teachers as partners in post-school data collection and examination. Suggestions are also included for teacher participation in this research with the goal of increasing the positive post-school status of youth with disabilities.
As states grapple with collecting post-school outcome data, many are seeking guidance on strategies for improving response rates, especially for students who exit school early and informally by dropping out. The brief contains an overview of the requirement to collect post-school outcome data and challenges experienced by states in collecting these data. Recommendations and strategies that states can use to secure sufficient response rates, especially from youth who drop out of school, are provided.
Participation in state post-school outcomes surveys is voluntary. However, youth and their families should know that their participation is important and valued. By giving a small amount of their time, they can make a big difference in the development of more effective special education and secondary transition programs for future students with disabilities.
American youth with disabilities now have an opportunity to participate in shaping the future of special education in our country. To determine how well schools are preparing youth with disabilities for success after high school, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires states to find out whether their former special education students have pursued further education or found competitive employment within one year of leaving high school. Youth and family participation in these post-school outcome data collection efforts has the potential to usher in a new era of effective, evidence-based transition programs and practices.
The transition from high school into college or the workforce is a key turning point in the lives of young people. Regardless of their chosen careers or academic paths after high school, young people must have the capacity to grapple with complex problems in order to maximize their potential for professional and personal success. This fact sheet from the National High School provides statistics highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities facing high school students after graduation.
The National Post School Outcomes Center (NPSO), in conjunction with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), conducted a focus group with several state directors of special education to (a) discuss the collection of their post-school outcomes data and (b) share their experiences and suggestions with other state directors, especially those who are new to their positions.