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ERIC Number: ED534179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 71
Abstractor: As Provided
Students with Disabilities: Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School. Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives. GAO-12-594
Moran, Revae E.
US Government Accountability Office
The transition out of high school to postsecondary education or the workforce can be a challenging time, especially for students with disabilities. Multiple federal agencies fund programs to support these students during their transition. In 2003, GAO reported that limited coordination among these programs can hinder a successful transition. GAO was asked to provide information on the (1) challenges students with disabilities may face accessing federally funded transition services; and (2) extent to which federal agencies coordinate their transition activities. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and agency documents from Education, HHS, Labor, and SSA, which administer the key programs that provide transition services. GAO also administered a data collection instrument to gather program information from these agencies. Finally, GAO interviewed various stakeholders, including state and local officials, service providers, parents, and students with disabilities, in five states selected based on the number of federal grants they received to fund transition services. To improve the provision of transition services for students with disabilities, GAO recommends that Education, HHS, Labor, and SSA develop an interagency transition strategy that addresses (1) operating toward common outcome goals for transitioning youth; (2) increasing awareness of available transition services; and (3) assessing the effectiveness of their coordination efforts. All four agencies agreed with the recommendation. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Federal Programs that Provide Transition Services to Youth with Disabilities; (3) Other Federal Coordination Efforts that Address Individuals with Disabilities, Including Students; (4) Comments from the Department of Education; (5) Comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; (6) Comments from the Department of Labor; (7) Comments from the Social Security Administration; and (8) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 6 tables, 4 figures and 64 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office