Contractors: Mathematica Policy Research and subcontractors Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota, and Decision Information Resources (DIR)
This longitudinal survey of youth with disabilities (age 13 to 21 in December 2011) will inform policymakers and educators in understanding the extent to which youth with disabilities make transitions to postsecondary experiences such as college, work, and independent living, and how to make those experiences more successful. It is part of the congressionally-mandated National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004, P.L. 108-446) and is supported with funds authorized under Section 664 of the Act. The study will address such question as:
Phase I of the study will collect baseline (Spring 2012) and follow-up (Spring 2014) data on a nationwide sample of 15,000 youth, including 12,000 youth with IEPs and the remainder without IEPs. Data collection will include administrative records on youth and their schools, as well as surveys of youth, parents/guardians, school administrators, and teachers. ED may exercise an option to administer youth performance assessments (including reading/language arts, mathematics, and functional and social/emotional behavior).
Cost/Duration: Base: $ 14,659,646.00 over 5 years (September 2010–September 2015)
Option: $ 3,864,338.00
Contract was awarded in September 2010. The interim and final reports on this study will be announced on http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/.