Collecting Profits From Collecting Data

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 Phase II

“Abstract: The National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 is the third in a series of studies being conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, with the goal of describing the characteristics, secondary school experiences, transition, and outcomes of youth who receive special education services under IDEA. Phase II of NLTS 2012 will utilize high school and post-high school administrative records data to collect information in three broad areas important to understanding outcomes for youth with disabilities: (1) High school course-taking and outcomes, (2) post-secondary outcomes, and (3) employment and earnings outcomes. Phase II collected information will build on a survey of a nationally representative set of students with and without IEPs from Phase I of the study to address the following questions:

To what extent do youth with disabilities who receive special education services under IDEA make progress through high school compared with other youth, including those identified for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act?

Are youth with disabilities achieving the post-high school outcomes envisioned by IDEA, and how do their college, training, and employment rates compare with those of other youth?

How do these high school and postsecondary experiences and outcomes vary by student characteristics, including their disability category, age, sex, race/ethnicity, English Learner status, income status, and type of high school attended (including regular public school, charter school, career/technical school, special education school, or other State or Federally-operated institution)?”

There are no State or Federally-operated institutions that should be collecting information on “age, sex, race/ethnicity” as it is illegal according to the Civil Rights Act.

As well, we should be spending education tax dollars on insuring our children at the elementary and secondary level of education receive a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.

Collecting data on our children only serves to increase the coffers of the “hedgehogs”.

Our children deserve an excellent education now.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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