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.
Getting to Know the Indicator #14
This video provides an overview of the Indicator #14 survey, tips for completing the survey, and the additional CTI resources that are available.
Indicator 14 Question and Answer Sessions
Q: When in middle or high school, did the student participate in any of the following programs? (Check all that apply.)
- Work-based learning: comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests (i.e. job shadowing, cooperative education, service learning, internship, etc.)
- Discovery Process: a structured, formal team oriented person-centered assessment process which utilizes interviews and observations to document an individual’s strengths, interests, conditions for success and potential contributions. Discovery is most often the foundation of authentic Customized Employment.
Q: Since leaving high school, have you ever been enrolled in any of the following postsecondary education or training programs?
- Adult/continuing education: systematic and sustained learning activities for changes in knowledge or skills.
- Employer-based sponsored training (apprentice): training paid for or provided by the employer.
- Peace Corps, VISTA or AmeriCorps: International or national service programs or volunteer programs to assist countries or communities to fight poverty, illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.
- Day support/prevocational program: offers training emphasizing acquisition of general work orientation and related skills.
Describe the type of employment setting where you currently work or worked.
- In a business, company, or service: working for pay in an organization (e.g. church, or other service-related organizations).
- In supported employment: competitive employment in an integrated setting with ongoing support services for individuals with the most severe disabilities (includes enclaves at employment site).
- Self-employed: someone who is the owner of a business, an individual who earns a living by working for himself/herself and not as an employee of someone else. An individual who is self employed earns a living by running one of the following types of businesses: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC).
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.