The Post-High School Outcomes of Youth With Disabilities up to 4 Years After High School: A Report From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) NCSER
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) is a 10-year-long study of the characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of a nationally representative sample of youth with disabilities who were 13 to 16 years old and receiving special education services in grade 7 or above, under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the 2000-2001 school year. NLTS2 findings generalize to youth with disabilities nationally and to youth in each of the 12 federal special education disability categories in use for students in the NLTS2 age range. The study is designed to collect data on sample members from multiple sources in five waves, beginning in 2001 and ending in 2009. Much of the information reported in this document comes from youth with disabilities in the form of responses to either a telephone interview or a self-administered mail survey with a subset of key items from the telephone interview. Data for youth who were reported by parents to be unable to respond to an interview or complete a questionnaire or who did not respond to interview or survey attempts were provided by parents. Data from the three sources were combined for these analyses and subsetted to include only data for out-of-high school youth. This report is organized to provide information on out-of-high school youth with disabilities in several key domains, including: (1) Postsecondary education enrollment and educational experiences, such as major field of study and support services received; (2) Employment status and characteristics of youth's current or most recent job; (3) Productive engagement in school, work, or preparation for work; (4) Residential independence; the prevalence of marriage, parenting, and sexual behavior; and aspects of their financial independence; and (5) Social and community involvement, including friendship activities and community participation in both positive and negative ways. Comparisons are made between experiences across different disability categories and demographic groups, and, when data are available, with those of youth in the general population. NLTS2 will continue to follow the lives of youth with disabilities as they age, which will provide information to examine how post-high school outcomes might evolve over time. Two appendixes are included: (1) NLTS2 Sampling, Data Collection, and Analysis Procedures; and (2) Additional Analyses. (Chapters and appendixes are footnoted individually. References provided by report and individual appendix. Contains 41 figures and 81 tables.)
Newman, L., Wagner, M., Cameto, R., & Knokey, A. (2009). The Post-High School Outcomes of Youth With Disabilities up to 4 Years After High School: A Report From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2).