|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, postsecondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community participation. Note: a new study, the NLTS2012, is in progress:
||Department of Education (DOE)
||Health conditions/Disability measures
||Allergy, SCI, TBI, Mental/emotional problems, Respiratory issues
||ADLs, IADLs, Functional limitations, Participation limitations, Learning disorder, ADD/ADHD, Developmental disabilities, Cognitive, Memory, Communication, Vision, Hearing
||Measures/outcomes of interest
||Coursework, Extracurricular activities, Academic performance, Postsecondary education and training, Employment, Independent living, Community participation
||Special education students: 13-16 years of age in 2000
||11,270 special education students
|Unit of Observation
|Data Collection Mode
||Survey, interview, Assessments and administrative records
|Data Collection Frequency
||Biannually over 10 year period (5 waves of data collection). For details see:
|Strengths and limitations
||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.
||Potential bias due to attrition over waves. Sample limited to only youth who received special education, not representative of all youth with disabilities.
|Data Access Requirements
||Data Use agreement, No Cost
|Dataset components (where applicable)
School Characteristics Survey.
Student's School Program Questionnaire.
For complete list and wave identification see:
||Data documentation and dictionaries: