Cohort Comparisons of Experiences by Length of Time Out of High School
Youth included in this report varied in their length of time out of high school, ranging from 1 month or less to 4 years post-high school. Most post-high school experiences did not differ significantly between 1995 and 2005 by the number of years since youth had left high school. The experiences that did differ by length of time out of high school included the following:
- Youth with disabilities who had been out of high school between 2 and 4 years were more likely to have been reported to be engaged in postsecondary education and/or employment at the time of the interview in 2005 than in 1990, a 26 percentage-point difference (90 percent vs. 64 percent).
- Youth with disabilities who had been out of high school for less than 1 year were more likely to have savings (63 percent vs. 40 percent, 23 percentage-point difference) and checking (46 percent vs. 22 percent, 24 percentage-point difference) accounts in 2005 than in 1990.
- In addition, youth with disabilities who had been out of high school from 1 to 2 years were more likely to have a checking account in 2005 than in 1990 (46 percent vs. 26 percent, 20 percentage-point difference).