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Comparisons Across Time of the Outcomes of Youth With Disabilities up to 4 Years After High School
NCSER 2010-3008
September 2010

Comparisons With the General Population

When similar data items were available, comparisons were made between 1990 and 2005 for same-age youth in the general population. Comparison data were taken from the Current Population Survey (CPS), 1990 and 2005.

  • Youth with disabilities experienced a significantly larger difference in postsecondary school enrollment rates between 1990 and 2005 than did those in the general population (19 percentage points vs. 9 percentage points). Despite the larger increase for youth with disabilities, in 2005 they remained less likely than those in the general population ever to have been enrolled in postsecondary education (46 percent vs. 63 percent).
  • The reported employment rates of out-of-high school youth with disabilities did not significantly differ between 1990 and 2005 (62 percent and 56 percent, respectively). The employment rates of same-age out-of-high school youth in the general population in 1990 and 2005 was 60 percent and 59 percent employed at the time of interview, respectively, also not a significant difference.