Contractors: National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012)
(also referred to as Study of Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities, Phase I)
This study is the third in a series examining the characteristics and school experiences of a nationally representative sample of youth with disabilities. NLTS 2012 focuses on students ages 13 to 21 (in December 2011) but also includes a small sample of students without disabilities to enable direct comparisons of students with and without individualized education programs (IEPs). 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 data (Spring 2012-Summer 2013) on a nationwide sample of 12,000 youth, including 10,000 youth with IEPs and the remainder without IEPs. Data collection will include surveys of youth and parents/guardians as well as administrative records on youth and their schools. Under Under Phase I, a systematic review of the research literature on post-high transition programs for students with disabilities was conducted.
Cost/Duration: $22,897,534 over 5 years (September 2010–September 2015)
Baseline data collection is underway and will soon be completed. The reports on the baseline data will be announced on http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/. The report on the review of transition research studies was released August 19, 2013 (see http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20134011/index.asp).