|Dataset Full Name||National Longitudinal Transition Study 2|
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS-2) was an annual longitudinal study funded by the U.S. Department of Education and documents the experiences of a national sample of students receiving special education who were 13 to 16 years of age in 2000 as they moved from secondary school into adult roles. The study collected information regarding a wide range of topics, including high school coursework, extracurricular activities, academic performance, post-secondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community participation. It also detailed a list of medications taken by the students. Note: a related new study, the NLTS 2012, is in progress: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/nlts/
|Sponsoring Agency/Entity||Department of Education (DOE)||Health Conditions/Disability Measures|
|Health Condition(s)||ADD/ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, Cerebral palsy, Congenital conditions, Down syndrome, Epilepsy or seizure disorder, Orthopedic conditions, Pulmonary disorders, Traumatic brain injury (TBI)|
|Disability Measures||Ambulatory disability, Cognitive disability, Communication impairment, Developmental disabilities, Functional limitations (ADLs & IADLs), Hearing disability, Intellectual disability, Mental health disability, Physical disability, Special equipment use/assistive technology, Visual disability||Measures/Outcomes of Interest|
|Topics||Coursework, Extracurricular activities, Academic performance, Post-secondary education and training, Employment, Independent living, Community participation||Sample|
|Sample Population||Special education students: 13-16 years of age in 2000|
|Sample Size/Notes||11,270 special education students|
|Unit of Observation||Individual|
|Geographic Coverage||United States|
|Data Collection Mode||Survey, Interview, Assessments and administrative records|
|Data Collection Frequency||Every two years during a 10-year period (5 waves of data collection). For details see: http://www.nlts2.org/faq.html#timeline||Strengths and Limitations|
|Strengths||Longitudinal data follows students for 10 years, using a wide array of data sources (parents, teachers students, school records) and data collection strategies. Large, nationally representative sample. Minimal bias found in comparison with other data sources. Data collection instruments designed to allow comparisons to general population of youth based on other national databases.|
|Limitations||Potential bias due to attrition over waves. Sample limited to youth who received special education; not representative of all youth with disabilities.||Data Details|
|Data Access Requirements||Data Use agreement, No Cost|
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