• State Performance Plan
    Monitoring Priority:  Effective Transition
     
    Red Line
     

    Indicator 14 - Post-School Outcomes
     
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized on December 3, 2004 and its provisions became effective on July 1, 2005. In conjunction with the reauthorization, the U. S. Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs required states to develop six-year State Performance Plans in December, 2005 around 20 indicators, on which data will be submitted annually (beginning February 2007) in Annual Performance Reports.
     
    Indicator 14 of the SPP requires that data be collected annually from students receiving special education services prior to graduation from high school and with a follow-up survey one year after graduation. Data collected focuses on enrollment in higher education, competitive employment, other post-secondary education or training and other employment. The primary purpose is to provide a clear measure of post-school results of youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life.

    Indicator 14

    “Percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in effect at the time they left school, and were:
    A.  Enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school.
    B. Enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school.
    C. Enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school.”


    One year after leaving high school, students who were receiving special education services at the time of graduation may be contacted by someone who represents the Texas Education Agency. Students will be asked questions about what they have been doing since graduation from high school. Following are definitions for some of the terms that will be used in these questions.

    Enrolled in higher education means that the student has been enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in a community college (2-year program) or college/university (4- or more year program) for at least one complete term, at any time in the year since leaving high school.

    Competitive employment means that the student has worked for pay at or above the minimum wage in a setting with others who are nondisabled for a period of 20 hours a week for at least 90 days at any time in the year since leaving high school. This includes military employment.

    Enrolled in other postsecondary education or training means that the student has been enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis for at least one complete term at any time in the year since leaving high school in an education or training program (e.g., Job Corps, adult education, workforce development program, vocational technical school which is less than a 2-year program).

    Some other employment means that the student has worked for pay or been self-employed for a period of at least 90 days at any time in the year since leaving high school. This includes working in a family business (e.g., farm, store, fishing, ranching, catering services, etc.).
     
    Data Collection Procedures
     
    Each year, school districts in Texas collect information from exiting high school seniors about their plans for after graduation.  This information is used by the TEA to collect data from students one year after graduation through a sampling process.  The results of data collected for this indicator are reported in the Annual Performance Report.  For data collection resources, click on Indicator 14 Data Collection on the left side menu.