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The Ohio Longitudinal Transition Survey has been developed with funding from the Ohio Department of Education and the
U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

 
 

 

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WHY IS OHIO CONDUCTING A LONGITUDINAL TRANSITION STUDY?

The  Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004  requires that states report the post school engagement of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and employment.   Anticipating this requirement, Ohio developed a survey designed to collect this information beginning with "Project Life" in the mid 1990s. This survey was piloted with the support of the Cuyahoga and Miami Valley Special Education Regional Resources Centers (now State Support Teams #3 and #10).  The final version of the survey was 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 Office for Exceptional Children has contracted 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 have been randomly selected to collect information on their students exiting with an Individual Education Program (IEP).  The CITE then analyzes the results of these surveys to meet Ohio's reporting requirements under the IDEA of 2004.  In addition, the CITE conducts studies of student, school, and program factors that contribute to student success and reports these back to schools to help them in program improvement and IEP planning.

WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THE OLTS?

The OLTS is designed to do more than simply meet federal reporting requirements. The information from this study is designed to help schools and IEP planners improve postschool outcomes for students with disabilities.  Any participating school, its students, and their families may request information including:

1. What are the postschool outcomes of students with disabilities?
2. What transition services and programs did students use?
3. What transition services and programs predicted positive outcomes?
4. Over what time period did these outcomes occur (1, 3, and 5 years)?
5. What postschool programs and services did different types of students use?
6. What do students identify as important factors in their transition?
7. How did postschool services contribute to postschool outcomes?
8. What postschool and adult services did students use?
9. How do Ohio's postschool outcomes compare with national data?
10. What policies support transition programs identified as successful?
11. What practices and procedures maximize the use of these programs?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TRACKING POSTSCHOOL OUTCOMES?

The OLTS provides additional benefits to participating schools.  Teachers conducting the survey report that students are often thrilled to hear from them and discuss their experiences after high school.  Some teachers have taken the opportunity to use the follow up interview to help students reconnect with adult services.  Other benefits incloude:

  • Good public relations with graduates
  • Good feedback and validation for teachers
  • Good data for IEP/transition planning
  • Good data for school's program improvement efforts
  • Opportunities to reconnect students with postschool services

HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO CONDUCT THIS STUDY AT YOUR SCHOOL?

The estimated time to conduct an exit in-school interview as part of the IEP is approximately 15-30 minutes per student (or about 25 hours for 100 students) if it is conducted as part of the IEP process. Phone follow up surveys take about 20 minutes per student, but generally require additional time to locate the student after graduation.

CONTACT INFORMATION:


Robert Baer, Ph.D
CITE Director
202 White Hall - Kent State University
Kent , Ohio 44242-0001
Phone (330) 672-0722
Fax (330) 672-2512
rbaer@kent.edu

Rachel McMahan Queen, Ph.D
OUTREACH Director
202 White Hall - Kent State University
Kent , Ohio 44242-0001
Phone (330) 672-0724
Fax (330) 672-2512
rmcmahan@kent.edu

    Stacia M. Kaschak, M.Ed
    PROJECT Director
    202 White Hall - Kent State     University
    Kent , Ohio 44242-0001
    Fax (330) 672-2512
    smather@kent.edu


 

Kent State University
202 White Hall, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Telephone (330) 672-0722
Fax (330) 672-2512

 

            




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