Indicator 14 data is collected annually each year as part of the state’s requirements as dictated through the U.S. Department of Education to measure post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. The data collected provides information regarding students’ enrollment in higher education, competitive employment, other post-secondary education or training, and other employment. This valuable data can help individual schools, school divisions, and states evaluate the impact school experiences have on post-school outcomes and help them to make important decisions regarding programming and services.
Tips for Increasing Your District's Response Rate
It is imperative that the data used to make these decisions is accurate and reliable. One factor that can affect data reliability is response rate. Below are some tips for increasing your district’s response rate.
TIP #1: UPDATE STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION.
Meet with students and families near the time the student graduates or exits to ensure you have the most updated and current contact information possible. Make it a practice to collect this information during the student’s exit IEP meetings or meetings when the Summary of Performance is completed.
TIP #2: USE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE FORMER STUDENTS TO MAKE THE CONTACTS.
Students and their families may be reluctant to return calls or answer questions from a stranger even if that person works for your central office. Consider training case managers or instructional assistants to collect Indicator 14 data; they already have an established relationship with these former students and their families.
TIP #3: DETERMINE THE BEST TIME TO MAKE CONTACTS.
Vary the time of day you attempt to make contacts. Too often, school personnel make their mandatory contacts during the day when most families are working.
TIP #4: PRIOR TO CLOSING FILES, DESIGNATE ONE PERSON TO MAKE A FINAL CONTACT.
Have one person responsible for making the final attempt to collect student data before a file is closed. In cases other than when the student is deceased or incarcerated, this would allow another person to review earlier attempts and make any needed adjustment to the method of collection. For example, upon review of a file, it is noted that school personnel made all three unsuccessful attempts before 5 pm and thus make another attempt after 5 pm.