Preparing for Life After High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education. Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Volume 2: Comparisons Across Disability Groups: Full Report


A report from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012); a second report, Volume 1, also relates to this study. The NLTS 2012, which is part of the congressionally-mandated National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, is based at Mathematica Policy Research, and the research team for the study consisted of key staff from Mathematica and from the Institute on Community Integration. Published by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, the report provides a national picture of secondary school students in special education and how they compare with their peers. Based on surveys of nearly 13,000 parents and 11,000 youth in the U.S., it sheds light on challenges the youth can face in socioeconomic status, health, communication, and social functioning at school, as well as areas such as academic supports and preparation for life after high school.


Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • IEP development
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Preparing for postsecondary education
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • IDEA
    • Students with Disabilities