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National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)


NLTS2 is intended to provide a national picture of the experiences and achievements of students in special education during high school and as they transition from high school to adult life. NLTS2 involves a nationally representative sample of students who were 13 to 16 years old and receiving special education services in December 2000 when the study began. These students will be followed until 2010 in an effort to understand their educational, vocational, social, and personal experiences as they transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Findings from NLTS2 generalize to special education students nationally as a group, to each of the 12 disability categories in use for students in the NLTS2 age range, and to each single-year age group.


NLTS-2 involves five waves of data collection using three main data collection components: (1) telephone interviews with parents and youth who are capable of completing a phone interview; (2) direct assessments and in-person interviews with youth while they are in secondary school; and collection of school data (e.g., surveys of teachers, special education teachers, principals). Data analyses are conducted as each wave of data is completed, with the final year of the 10-year project being devoted to comprehensive analyses of the full longitudinal data set.

Publications and Products

To view NLTS2 publications and products, click here.

To gain access to the NLTS2 restricted-use datasets, contact the IES Data Security Office at or go to Researchers who have questions about NLTS2 data may contact Jacquelyn Buckley for more information.


Mary Wagner
Lynn Newman
Renée Cameto

Akilah Nelson