Indicator 14: Overview/Description of Issue, Process, System – Post School Outcome Data Collection:

NJOSE is following the guidelines established by the National Post School Outcomes (NPSO) Center for the sampling methodology, data collection procedures and data analysis for the purpose of developing and implementing a study to yield valid and reliable data as described in the SPP. Consistent with New Jersey’s (USOSEP approved) sampling plan, all districts in the state that have high school programs are participating in this study over a five year period. Using the NPSO sampling calculator, districts were randomly assigned to one of five cohorts. Each cohort consists of a representative sample of districts according to the following demographic characteristics: district enrollment (size); number of students with disabilities; disability categories (percentage of students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation and a category for all other students); race/ethnicity; gender (percentage of female students); Abbott/Non Abbott status; and dropout rate.

Using the NPSO sampling calculator, a representative sample of 75 districts was selected to participate in the fifth cohort of districts. From June through September of 2011, districts contacted former students with disabilities who had exited school during 2009-2010 (the prior school year) to gather information related to their post school outcome status. Student exiters included students with disabilities who graduated, reached maximum age, dropped out during the school year or who moved, but were not known to be continuing. Dropouts included students ages 14-21 who left school during the 2009-2010 school year. Contacts were made by phone or in-person interviews using the data collection protocols developed by NPSO Center. Survey data was analyzed using the NPSO Center’s response calculator and data display tools.

Definitions:

Enrolled in higher education means youth have been enrolled on a full- or part-time basis in a community college (2-year program) or college/university (4- or more year program) for at least one complete term, at any time in the year since leaving high school.

Competitive employment - NJOSE used the Vocational Rehabilitation Act (VRA) [29 USC 705(11) and 709(c)] definition of competitive employment. It reads: Competitive employment means work—(i) In the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting; and (ii) For which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who are not disabled. (Authority: Sections 7(11) and 12(c) of VRA.) This includes military employment.

Enrolled in other postsecondary education or training means youth have been enrolled on a full- or part-time basis for at least 1 complete term at any time in the year since leaving high school in an education or training program (e.g., Job Corps, adult education, workforce development program, vocational technical school which is less than a 2-year program).

Some other employment means youth have worked for pay or been self-employed for a period of at least 90 days at any time in the year since leaving high school. This includes working in a family business (e.g., farm, store, fishing, ranching, catering services, etc.).

Respondents are youth or their designated family member who answer the survey or interview questions.

Exiters are youth who left school by graduating, aging out, left school early (i.e., dropped out), or who were expected to return to school and did not.


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