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ERIC Number: ED574407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 87
Abstractor: ERIC
The Graduation Cliff: Improving the Post-School Outcomes of Students with Disabilities
McFadden, Erica Skogebo; Daugherty, David B.; Lee, Sang Eun; Fisher, Kim W.; Hack, Anthony
Morrison Institute for Public Policy
There is a federal movement to improve student outcomes targeting some of these predictors in several recently launched initiatives, but where does Arizona stand? What are we currently doing to move the needle, and what do we still need to do? This report prepared for the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council has two objectives: (1) gain an in-depth understanding of the transition process to post-secondary education and employment for youth with disabilities enrolled in special education in Arizona, how National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) predictors are utilized, and if there are differences due to race/ethnicity, gender, or disability; and (2) understand the hopes and dreams of middle school and high school students and their parents, as well as what is currently being done to support these aspirations across the state. To address these questions, Arizona's Morrison Institute for Public Policy (MI) surveyed 224 Arizona parents and guardians and 634 high school students with disabilities from 17 districts. MI also conducted 10 focus groups that included family members and middle and high school youth. It further interviewed 30 experts, youth, and families. In response, transition programs varied considerably across the state. Some schools are doing great things in transition, while others are still developing. Overall, students are very hopeful about their futures and are preparing and participating in different activities. However, access to and the quality of preparation and activities vary according to the barriers that are present. Four appendixes are included: (1) Methods; (2) Key Interview Quotes; (3) Agency Descriptions; and (4) Sample of Pre-Graduation Transition Timeline. A glossary is also provided. [For the summary report, see ED574404.]
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University. P.O. Box 874405, 215 East 7th Street Suite 203, Tempe, AZ 85287-4405. Tel: 480-965-4525; Fax: 480-965-9219; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC)
Identifiers - Location: Arizona