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ERIC Number: ED557870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 130
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-9989-1
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A Comparison of Transition Predictors between Students Following Different Diploma Pathways
Vierno, Peter Joseph
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which evidence of two secondary transition predictors, paid employment and independent living, exist in the Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) of students on two pathways to a high school diploma in a southeastern state. The IEPs of 538 students were examined from one urban district in the state. Of that total sample, 353 students were following the diploma pathway that allows students opportunities to attend post-secondary institutions, known as the Future Ready diploma. The remaining 185 students in the sample were students in the Occupational Course of Study, a diploma pathway for students whose goal after high school is to enter the workforce. All students in the sample, regardless of diploma pathway, had an IQ between 70 and 85 and were at least 16 years of age. Level of evidence for both transition predictors was identified on a scale of 0-3, with 0 as no evidence and 3 as full evidence. In addition to diploma pathway, data were disaggregated by each student's disability category, ethnicity, gender, and age. Descriptive statistics were used to determine levels of evidence for both predictors, and ordinal regression was used to determine the predicted probability that an IEP would have full evidence of both predictors. Results showed that for the transition predictor Paid Employment, students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study had a mean score of 2.21 (SD = 0.91), compared to students enrolled in the Future Ready who had a mean score of 0.71 (SD = 0.58). For the transition predictor Independent Living, students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study had a mean score of 1.79 (SD = 0.96), compared to students enrolled in Future Ready who had a mean score of 1.09 (SD = 0.83). When the original ordinal regression model was adjusted to account for clustering, the final model showed diploma pathway was the only significant predictor of an IEP showing more evidence of a transition predictor, and only for Paid Employment. Implications of the findings are discussed in terms of ways school personnel can improve transition planning, regardless of the diploma pathway a student with a disability is pursuing. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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