What are postschool outcome data?
Postschool outcome (PSO) data provide a picture of life after high school for former special education students in relation to post-secondary education and employment. Positive post-school outcomes involve some level of “engagement” after high school, meaning that former students are continuing their education or have secured employment. PSO data are collected not only for state and federal reporting but for continuous programmatic improvement.
How can PSO data inform practice?
School staff and other stakeholders use PSO data to inform practice around transition services including instruction, development of transition plans, activities, and agency collaboration. The goal is to increase engagement outcomes and decrease non-engagement.
PSO data are also tied to the Local Education Agency (LEA) Application for Federal Funds for Special Education. School districts must develop a plan to maintain or improve PSO in their application.
How are PSO data collected?
To gather PSO data, a vendor on behalf of TEA conducts a survey each year, reaching out to former students one year after they exited high school. SCTN offers technical support to school districts as they conduct the Post-School Outcomes Survey, and provides state and district-level data reports after the survey closes.