Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study

Collecting Data on Post-School Outcomes (Indicator 14)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that states report the post-school engagement of students with disabilities in post-secondary education and employment. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children is required to report the percentage of children with disabilities who, within one year of leaving high school, are enrolled in higher education, participating in a training program or competitively employed.

IDEA requires that all school districts collect outcome data for their students with individualized education programs (IEPs) at least once every six years.

Ohio fulfills this obligation through the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study (OLTS), which is designed to collect information on students with disabilities’ expectations at the end of their final year in high school and their post-school outcomes, one year later.

The Department has a contract with Kent State University's Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment to collect, manage and analyze the results of the longitudinal surveys. Each year, one-fifth of Ohio’s school districts are selected to collect information on their students exiting with an IEP and to follow up with them one year later. School districts receive a rating of “met” or “not met” based on completion of OLTS participation requirements. This rating is applied to Indicator 14 on the district’s Special Education Profile for the selected participation year. 

OLTS Annual Reports

The OLTS Annual Report provides a statewide overview of post-school engagement findings derived from the student surveys. Regional reports are also available. Participating school districts will receive a district-specific report of survey results as well.

OLTS Annual Report 2021
OLTS Annual Report December 2019

OLTS Contacts

If your district has been selected to participate in the OLTS and you would like information regarding OLTS requirements, contact olts@kent.edu. Your regional State Support Team can also be contacted for assistance.

Last Modified: 9/27/2021 9:38:07 AM