This guide is for teachers, schools, and states to implement strategies that can enable students with disabilities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and generally become prepared for a fulfilling career.
Major Findings & Recommendations
There are many promising strategies to help students with disabilities become college and career ready. These approaches can inform not only the special education field but also the general education field, as educators seek to improve instruction and supports for all students. States can promote the implementation of these strategies by:
- Encouraging schools to raise expectations for students with disabilities, while respecting individual career and life goals, interests, and desires;
- Increasing the amount of available information regarding postsecondary and career options early in the high school years;
- Increasing the availability of knowledgeable counselors who can provide guidance and transition planning support;
- Ensuring all students are served by well-trained teachers prepared to support their individual needs;
- Helping district and school staff to better use data to inform instruction; and
- Providing multiple pathways to post-high school success.