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Report: Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review

4 September 2013 

This US report examines the research literature on programmes (strategies, interventions, or sets of services) designed to help students with disabilities make transitions from secondary school to employment, postsecondary education and training, or independent living.

It reviews studies using the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) standards, which focus on the direct measures of students' post-high school outcomes as evidence of a programme's effectiveness.

The report divides studies into categories based on: employment outcomes; postsecondary education outcomes; and independent living outcomes.

It concludes that: relatively few studies meet the WWC standards for credible evidence; many studies do not include a control or comparison group; many studies with a comparison group often have design or implementation weaknesses of sufficient severity that their findings are not judged to be credible; and many researchers do not follow students beyond high school to ascertain whether secondary school interventions have positive effects after the transition from secondary school. 

The report can be accessed here.

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