Collecting Data on State Performance Plan Indicator 14 Post-School Outcomes
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that states report the post school engagement of students with disabilities in post secondary education and employment. Specifically, the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) is required to report to the federal government the percent of youth who had individualized education programs (IEPs) that are no longer in secondary school and who have been competitively employed, enrolled in some type of post-secondary school, or both, within one year of leaving high school (referred to as post-school engagement). IDEA also requires that all local education agencies (LEAs) collect outcome data for their students with individualized education programs (IEPs), at least once every six years for LEAs under 50,000 students and annually for LEAs with enrollments of 50,000 or more.
Ohio fulfills this obligation through the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study (OLTS) which uses a survey designed to collect information on students' expectations at the end of their final year in high school and to follow up with these same students one year after they exit to see how well these expectations were met. The OLTS was developed by district personnel in collaboration with Ohio’s special education regional experts and was designed to be easily administered by school staff and to provide information on post-school outcomes, as well as student expectations for achieving them.
The OEC has a contract with Kent State University's Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment (CITE) to collect, manage and analyze the results of these "longitudinal surveys. Every year, one-sixth of Ohio high schools are randomly selected to collect information on their students exiting with an IEP. The CITE then analyzes the results of these surveys to meet Ohio's reporting requirements under the IDEA of 2004.
The OLTS is scheduled to complete its final report for all Ohio schools in 2012. By this time, every school with special education graduates will have interviewed a sample of their special education graduates.
For additional information visit the OLTS web page.
If your district has been selected to participate in the OLTS, you can find additional information at the OLTS website, www.olts.org. You may also contact Dr. Robert Baer, OLTS Outreach Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at: (330) 672-0722, or Rachel McMahan, OLTS Project Director at email@example.com, or by phone at (330) 672-0724. Your regional State Support Team can also be contacted for assistance.
OLTS Annual Reports
These reports are based on information collected from students with individualized education programs (IEPs) at two different times: just prior to their exit from high school and one year later. The exit survey asked students about their post-secondary goals and how they evaluated their high school experiences. The follow-up survey asked them how well these goals were met one year later. The Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study (OLTS) is an overview of findings derived from the student data gathered.
2012 OLTS Annual State Report
2011 OLTS Annual State Report
2010 OLTS Annual State Report
2009 OLTS Annual State Report
2008 OLTS Annual State Report
2007 OLTS Annual State Report