Secondary Transition

Pennsylvania Post School Outcome Survey (PaPOS) - Indicator 14

  • May 9th, 2011
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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), Part B State Performance Plan, states are required to develop a six-year plan to measure their work towards federally identified Indicators of compliance and performance, designed to improve the education of students with disabilities.

Indicator 14 is one of the 20 State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators, and focuses on the secondary transition mandate by which each state is to determine, for the state as a whole, the extent to which students are achieving transition outcomes on year after exiting high school as stated in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) (Indicator 14).

To meet this federal reporting requirement, once over a five year period, each local education agency (LEA) is required to survey all student leavers (graduates, dropouts and students who age out) who had IEPs. The Pennsylvania Post-School Outcome Surveys (PaPOS) will be used to gather this data. The random sampling process used to assign each Local Education Agency (LEA) to one of the five years in each cycle ensures that the LEAs selected each year will be representative of the state as a whole with regard to district size, disability category, ethnicity, LRE status, gender and exiting status.

PaPOS Exit Survey Overview webinar for Cohort # 3 – 2017-18

Strategies for Contacting Hard to Reach Students Completing the PaPOS Post-School Survey

The following resources can be used to inform strategies for schools contacting hard to reach students completing the PaPOS Post school surveys:

The National Post-School Outcomes Center’s resources, Contacting Hard-to-Find Youth: Strategies for the Post-School Surveys, summarize strategies recommended by youth and their families for reaching youth who are routinely underrepresented in the post-school survey data.

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