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ERIC Number: ED559270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Tips for Parent Centers and Families: Help Your State Make the Most of Post-School Outcome Surveys
National Post-School Outcomes Center
Since 2004, U.S. states have collected information from former students with disabilities about their employment and further education activities in the first year after leaving high school. About one year after they leave school, young adults who had Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are asked some very important questions: Are they enrolled in college? Have they found a job? Are they pursuing job training? Although a youth's personal information is kept confidential, states compile a report summarizing the education and employment outcomes of all of the youth they have interviewed and include this information in their Annual Performance Report (APR) to the U.S. Department of Education. How can Parent Centers and families assist in the collection of this data: (1) learn more about what their state is currently doing; (2) read the Indicator 14" sections of their state's State Performance Plan (SPP) and APR; and (3) ask how the outcome data is used to strengthen accountability, decision making, and program improvement systems as it relates to improving postsecondary outcomes for special education students? Also ask to see a copy of the state survey. Parent Centers can also arrange activities that include: Inviting their State Transition Coordinator to present information on survey results at a staff meeting, family forum, or annual transition conference; use the National Post-School Outcomes Center's (NPSO) "Be a Superstar" YouTube video at parent center transition workshops, and embed a copy on their website along with state contact information for those who want to learn more; hand out flyers developed by their state or NPSO to promote survey participation at transition workshops; include an article on their state's post-school outcome survey activities in their newsletter or on listservs, before annual survey activities begin in April; and in collaboration with their State Department of Education, post a tutorial on their center's Website explaining the State's data collection activities, how to find survey information on the state agency website, and provide guidance for interpreting annual survey results.
National Post-School Outcomes Center. 1268 University of Oregon Suite 360, Eugene, OR 97403. Tel: 541-346-5641; Fax: 541-346-0322; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Post-School Outcomes Center; PACER Center
Grant or Contract Numbers: H326U090001