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ERIC Number: EJ846067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Post-School Outcomes for Students in the State of Washington, USA, Receiving Special Education Services
Johnson, Cinda
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v9 n1 p78-88 Spr 2008
States in the U.S. are required to provide transition services to young people in special education to increase the likelihood of positive post-school outcomes (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, IDEA, amended 1997). Fourteen years later the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 strengthened transition requirements and required that each state follow-up with former special education students to determine their post-school outcomes. These outcomes include the percent of youth that have been employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both within one year of leaving high school. Outcome data provide a glimpse of life after high school for these young people and should provide valuable information for program improvement. While states across the nation are beginning to collect this information, Washington State has conducted follow-up research with special education students for over ten years and is a leader in the effort to determine post-school outcomes. This article provides information on this research and presents data from the study of the 2006 Washington State special education graduates. Outcome data are presented by gender, race/ethnicity, disability and county size (urban, rural and semi-rural). Results indicate that outcomes for white males and youth with learning disabilities are more positive than those for females, youth of color and youth with developmental disabilities or emotional/behavioral disorders. Information is provided to assist programs in developing post-school follow-up studies and raise questions in examining data for program improvement. (Contains 6 tables.)
International Association of Special Education. c/o College of Education, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5774, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5774. Tel: 928-523-8979; Fax: 928-523-1929; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act