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