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Indicator 14 is one of the 17 Indicators that the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) uses to see whether school districts are following special education law and whether special education is improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
Indicator 14 reports whether our students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are in school or have a job one year after they leave high school by graduating, aging out at age 22, or dropping out.
Indicator 14 tells us about the lives of our students with IEPs one year after they have left high school. It is one way to help us understand whether students' education prepared them for adult life.
Starting in 2023, Massachusetts is moving to statewide data collection. This will give us a more comprehensive picture of the lives of our students with IEPs one year after they have left high school. This change to all-state data collection will improve Massachusetts' ability to disaggregate and analyze data in a statistically significant way and to better compare Indicator 14 data with graduation data (Indicator 1) and dropout data (Indicator 2).
Data collection occurs during the summer and early fall. Districts survey each former student with an IEP using the Massachusetts After High School Survey. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) offers the survey online in six languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.
The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires that we report "the percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and within one year of exiting high school were:
The table below includes four-years of data as reported in MA's FFY 2020 APR which was submitted to OSEP early in February 2022.
The second indicator of the quality of survey data is representation. The NPSO/NTACT Response Calculator is used to calculate representativeness of the respondent group on the characteristics of: (a) disability type, (b) ethnicity, (c) gender, and (d) exit status (e.g., dropout) to determine whether the youth who responded to the interviews were similar to, or different from, the total population of youth with an IEP who exited school in 2019-20. According to the NPSO/NTACT Response Calculator, differences between the Respondent Group and the Target Leaver Group of more than ±3% are important, as this may skew engagement. Negative differences indicate an under-representativeness of the group and positive differences indicate over-representativeness. In the Response Calculator, bolded is used to indicate a difference exceeding a ±3% interval.
Indicator 14 District Report Seminar — April 4, 2023*Due to a technical issue, the recording of this webinar is unavailable.
Indicator 14 PowerPoint
Massachusetts Indicator 14
Statewide Indicator Data
U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) SPP/APR Letters
Last Updated: July 3, 2023
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