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Materials to Read Prior to Attending the CBI on October 22, 2003


Thank you for registering for the Capacity Building Institute on Collecting and Utilizing Postschool Outcome Data to Improve Transition Programs and Services at the National, State, and Local Levels, scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at the Historic Hotel Roanoke, in Roanoke, VA.

In order to enhance your learning at this Capacity Building Institute, we have included four pre-readings that we hope you will find helpful. Please review these materials before October 22, 2003.

  1. NEW as of 9/9/03 PDF file GAO Report: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth
    States receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to help students with disabilities reach their postsecondary goals, and various federal programs offer services that can assist these youth. However, research has documented that youth with disabilities are less likely to transition into postsecondary education and employment. Congress requested that GAO provide information on the proportion of IDEA students completing high school or alternative credentials, and their postsecondary status; the transition problems being reported and state and local actions to address them; and the types of transition services provided by vocational rehabilitation, the Workforce Investment Act youth, and the Self-Sufficiency programs, and the factors affecting participation of IDEA youth. This publication is available in PDF at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03773.pdf. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or some PDF Plug-in to view this document. See below for more information about viewing PDF documents.
  2. PDF file Statewide Systems for Collecting Student Post-School Follow-Up Data
    This publication from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte provides a case for tracking outcomes of students with disabilities and describes the Alabama Student Tracking System that tracks the transition process and assesses outcomes of Alabama’s youth with disabilities. This publication is available in PDF at http://www.uncc.edu/ttac/tipsheets/statewide_systems.pdf. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or some PDF Plug-in to view this document. See below for more information about viewing PDF documents.
  3. PDF file Evaluating Your Transition Program. This publication from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte describes the transition program evaluation process used by the Shelby City/Cleveland County Schools. This publication is available in PDF at http://www.uncc.edu/ttac/tipsheets/evaluating.pdf. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or some PDF Plug-in to view this document. See below for more information about viewing PDF documents.
  4. National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) Web Site
    The NLTS2 commissioned to begin in 2001 by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is a follow-up of the original NLTS. The NLTS provides a national picture of the experiences and achievements of young people as they transition into early adulthood. Please familiarize yourself with the contents of this Web site at http://www.nlts2.org.
  5. NCSET's "NLTS2 Data Brief," Introducing the National Transition Longitudinal Study-2 (NLTS2)
    This brief is the first in a series, produced by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) in partnership with the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), that will highlight the major findings and results of this transition study of youth with disabilities. This issue describes the NLTS2 project. This publication is available in HTML or PDF at http://www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=248.


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  2. Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 with Search and Accessibility Download Page
    This accessible page contains links to Acrobat Reader 5.1, and the Windows version includes support for screen readers (Accessibility).

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