When special-education students leave high school, what comes next? Education Week looks at the transition from special education to college, job training and the workforce.
Sixty-two percent of special-ed students earn a high school degree in four years, compared to 81 percent of all students. But some graduates haven’t met the same standards as mainstream students.
. . . a federal study that tracked youths with disabilities eight years after they left school found that 60 percent had enrolled in college, not much lower than the 67 percent reported for youths without disabilities. But students with disabilities were more likely to be enrolled in a community college or vocational school, as opposed to a four-year-college, than their typically developing peers.
Young people with disabilities are almost as likely to be working eight years later, but earn less than youths who hadn’t been in special education. A new federal law is trying to help special-ed students find better jobs.
Students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, are the most likely to enroll in college. Most don’t identify themselves as disabled in college and receive no special supports.
A recent study found no difference in success rates for students who received help for learning disabilities and those who did not.
What helped was using the supports available to all students, such as tutoring, a math lab or a writing center. Seventy-four percent of students with learning disabilities who used these supports completed a degree compared with 35 percent of similar students who did not.
American Educator looks at teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.