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Choices in Transition: A Model for Career Development
(February 2006)
NCSET Information Brief  
This brief describes the Choices in Transition program for low-income ethnic minority youth with disabilities in Chicago. The program supports these youth in the process of transition in order to improve their educational and vocational success and increase their self-determination. Recommendations for improving the transition outcomes of youth with disabilities are included.

Family Expectations and Involvement for Youth with Disabilities (September 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) provides the first national picture of the involvement of families in the educational development of their secondary-school-age children with disabilities. This Data Brief describes family involvement at home and at school, including a comparison of levels of involvement for families of youth with disabilities with those for families in the general population. It also discusses involvement in a school-based activity that is specific to families of youth with disabilities: participation in individualized education program (IEP) meetings. Finally, parent expectations for their children’s attainment of postsecondary education and independence are highlighted.

Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research to Practice (May 2004)
NCSET Essential Tool
This cutting-edge manual for educators, administrators and policymakers describes eleven proven interventions for increasing school completion among youth with disabilities. The interventions selected are only those that include research or evaluation designs and were published between 1988 and 2003. Also included are reproducible handouts containing current statistics and information on dropout, a concise literature review, and information on related Web sites, journal articles, publications, and organizations.

Increasing School Completion: Learning from Research-Based Practices that Work (August 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  
This brief identifies and describes five research-based practices proven effective in increasing rates of school completion. The practices utilized random samples or comparison groups and had statistically significant results for the treatment group on the variable of enrollment status.

Models of Collaboration and Cost Sharing in Transition Programming (January 2007)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief describes two funding tools that are increasingly used in collaborative relationships. Both blended funding and braided funding pool financial resources to maximize outcomes. These tools can help maintain and sustain effective relationships in transition programming.

Programs and Practices for Special Education Students in Alternative Education Settings (January 2007)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief shares some findings from the University of Oregon’s descriptive study, “What do they do there? Examination of alternative education schools, programs, and practices for special education students.”

Students with Disabilities Who Drop Out of School–Implications for Policy and Practice (June 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
In this brief, authors Martha L. Thurlow, David R. Johnson, and Mary F. Sinclair summarize what is known about the impact of high-stakes testing and the impact of enhanced school accountability on students with disabilities. They offer suggestions for reducing the potentially negative impact of high-stakes testing on graduation of students with disabilities.

The Role of Parents in Dropout Prevention: Strategies that Promote Graduation and School Achievement (July 2006)
NCSET Parent Brief
Students who drop out of school face a difficult future. For students with disabilities, the risks are intensified. Their dropout rate is about 40 percent--more than twice that of their peers without disabilities. However, families can play an important role in making sure their student with or without disabilities graduates. Staying involved in your teen's life during middle school and high school is critical. This Brief provides information and practical tips to help parents do this.


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