ERIC Number: ED376644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Demographics of Students Exiting Special Education. Report of the Board of Education, Prepared by the Department of Education, to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 14.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This study was commissioned by the Virginia State Legislature to provide baseline data on the post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities in Virginia. The study was conducted by an interdisciplinary team including individuals representing five state agencies, local education agencies, parents, and researchers. The study involved an analysis of the 1990-91 Virginia Federal Special Education Child Count report; a statewide follow-up study of 755 special education students who left school in 1990-91; a review of the transition services component of Individualized Education Programs developed in 1992-93 for 238 special education students; and a survey of state agencies' information systems data collection and procedures for youth and young adults with disabilities. Results were similar to those reported in the national literature and illustrate that differing and individualized support systems are needed with disability needs, manner of school exit, and gender all factors influencing program development and priorities. The study concludes that, important for all youth are the need for linkages, the need for information, the need for planning to occur, and the need to begin planning early. Seven primary recommendations focus on the roles of various state agencies (e.g., the Department of Education, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, and local education agencies) in developing effective transition programs. Five appendices include survey instruments and the Resolution authorizing the study. Contains six references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia