Special Education Services

 Indicator 14 Tools and Resources

(Updated 3/17/16)

updated Per Indicator 14 of the State Performance Plan (SPP), states are required to collect and report data to the U.S. Department of Education on post-secondary education/training and employment outcomes for youth with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) one (1) year after leaving high school. A portion of the districts in Illinois have been selected each Spring to survey former students, using an eight (8) question data collection tool that meets minimum federal reporting requirements.

Districts selected to administer the survey in 2016 will be offered the choice to use the existing data collection tool or use an expanded survey that will allow youth to provide additional information on their post-secondary experiences in education, employment and independent living, as well as how high school prepared them for adult living.

Also for the first time with this year’s survey, districts will be able to access aggregate data provided by their former students in the web application used to administer the survey. These changes are intended to make the information that is collected through the Illinois Post-School Survey more useful to local districts in evaluating the secondary transition services it provides to students with disabilities.

All Small Unit Districts in the state and a sample of the high schools in City of Chicago SD 299 will be administering the Illinois Post-School Survey during the Spring 2016 cycle. Districts selected to administer the survey will be notified in writing in the coming weeks. The anticipated window to complete the survey administration will be April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

A web application has been developed which sites will use to report survey results, using the login and password provided by Harrisburg Project. The web application can be accessed at An updated training demo for the web application will be available soon.

  • 2016 Selected Districtspdf (3/9/16) updated
  • Suggestions for Post-School Outcomes (Indicator 14) Data Collection pdf (3/16) updated
  • Sample District Letter to Former Student pdf Word version Word version (3/16) updated
  • Spanish version Word version (3/16) updated
  • Illinois Post-School Survey Interview Questions and Interviewer Script pdf (3/16) updated
  • Spanish version (6/15)
  • Illinois Post-School Survey Expanded Version Interview Questions and Interviewer Script pdf (3/16) new
  • Spanish version (3/16) new
  • Contacting Hard-to Find Youth: Strategies for the Post-School Survey pdf (4/13)
    Yearly, approximately 100,000 former students who had an individual education plan (IEP) when they left high school are contacted to participate in a post-school survey. Efforts are made to contact youth who represent a variety of disabilities, as well as, minority youth and those who left high school with a diploma or dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, there are groups of youth who are difficult to contact and who are routinely underrepresented in the post-school survey data (e.g., those students who leave school early). To learn strategies for contacting youth who are hard-to-find, the National Post-School Outcomes Center conducted six focus groups with young adults and their family members in four states. This document summarizes the strategies recommended by youth and their families. Strategies are organized by five common themes.
  • Post-School Outcomes Data Collection and Use: Teachers as Partners pdf
    This paper provides information to assist other states in including teachers as partners in post-school data collection and examination. Suggestions are also included for teacher participation in this research with the goal of increasing the positive post-school status of youth with disabilities.
  • Collecting Post-School Outcomes Data: Strategies for Increasing Response Ratespdf
    As states grapple with collecting post-school outcome data, many are seeking guidance on strategies for improving response rates, especially for students who exit school early and informally by dropping out. The brief contains an overview of the requirement to collect post-school outcome data and challenges experienced by states in collecting these data. Recommendations and strategies that states can use to secure sufficient response rates, especially from youth who drop out of school, are provided.
  • Post-School Outcomes Surveys: Coming Soon to a Student Near You!pdf
    Participation in state post-school outcomes surveys is voluntary. However, youth and their families should know that their participation is important and valued. By giving a small amount of their time, they can make a big difference in the development of more effective special education and secondary transition programs for future students with disabilities.
  • Measuring Transition Success: Focus on Youth and Family Participationpdf
    American youth with disabilities now have an opportunity to participate in shaping the future of special education in our country.  To determine how well schools are preparing youth with disabilities for success after high school, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires states to find out whether their former special education students have pursued further education or found competitive employment within one year of leaving high school. Youth and family participation in these post-school outcome data collection efforts has the potential to usher in a new era of effective, evidence-based transition programs and practices.
  • Transition Out of High School: A Quick Stats Fact Sheetpdf
    The transition from high school into college or the workforce is a key turning point in the lives of young people. Regardless of their chosen careers or academic paths after high school, young people must have the capacity to grapple with complex problems in order to maximize their potential for professional and personal success.  This fact sheet from the National High School provides statistics highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities facing high school students after graduation.
  • Advise from the Field: Perspectives of State Directors of Special Education Regarding Post-School Outcomes Data and Indicator 14pdf
    The National Post School Outcomes Center (NPSO), in conjunction with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), conducted a focus group with several state directors of special education to (a) discuss the collection of their post-school outcomes data and (b) share their experiences and suggestions with other state directors, especially those who are new to their positions.