States are required to develop a six-year plan to measure their work towards federally identified Indicators of compliance and performance, designed to improve the education of students with disabilities called a Performance Plan.
Indicator 14 is one of the 20 State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators, and focuses on the secondary transition mandate by which each state is to determine, for the state as a whole, the extent to which students are achieving transition outcomes one year after exiting high school as stated in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) (Indicator 14).
To meet this federal reporting requirement, once over a five year period, each local education agency (LEA) is required to survey all student leavers (graduates, dropouts and students who age out) who had IEPs. The Pennsylvania Post-School Outcome Surveys (PaPOS) will be used to gather this data. The random sampling process used to assign each Local Education Agency (LEA) to one of the five years in each cycle ensures that the LEAs selected each year will be representative of the state as a whole with regard to district size, disability category, ethnicity, LRE status, gender and exiting status.
To meet the federal reporting requirement, ASD is mandated to administer Exit- and Post-School Surveys to students (who have graduated, dropped out or reached the maximum age) with individualized education programs (IEPs) once over a five-year period, based on the LEA's assignment to a targeted sampling year.
For the 2019-20 school year, ASD is assigned to target sampling Year 5 are required to administer Exit Surveys. During 2020-21, ASD will be required to complete the Post-School Surveys.