ERIC Number: ED440128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-28
Texas Effectiveness Study: Adult Outcome Follow-Up.
Norris, Deborah; Schumacker, Randall E.
The Texas Effectiveness Study is an evaluation of the effectiveness of special education programs and services in developing life skills related to the transition planning process for Texas special education. One of the three components of the Texas Effectiveness Study is a study of adult outcomes. This component was implemented in the summer of 1997. A survey was made of student records, and a formatted copy was mailed to each former student in the 842 student sample. Responses were received from 142 former students. Most of the respondents reported living at home with family, and less than half were employed at the time they completed the questionnaire. Almost half attended a college or job-training program after leaving high school. Most reported having two or more good friends, and most reported participating in a variety of social and recreational activities. Less than one-fifth of the employed former students worked 40 or more hours a week, and most reported that they had not received a raise or promotion since starting their jobs. More than half of the respondents expressed satisfaction with their high school programs in preparing them for adult life. Findings from the Adult Outcome component, linked with other findings from the Texas Effectiveness Study, should result in positive changes for programs and services for students with disabilities in Texas. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas