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County PSO Report
Post School Outcomes (PSO) data are collected from youth who exited their secondary educational placement with a diploma, certificate of attendance or other alternate diploma, reached the maximum age of eligibility for services, or dropped out. Indicator 14 of the State Performance Plan (SPP) requires states report an unduplicated, hierarchical count of the activities in which youth are engaged one year after exiting their postsecondary education placement (20U.S.C1416(a)(3)(B)):
- Higher education: 4 year college or university, 2-year college or community college, or a technical college program leading to a 2 year degree.
- Other postsecondary education: High school completion degree, vocational school, apprenticeship or short-term training program, on-the-job training program, Job Corps, adult education, vocational/technical school (less than a two year program), Vista, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, compensatory education, other programs.
- Competitive employment: 90 days of cumulative or consecutive work and minimum wage or greater and an average of 20 hours per week or more in a setting with others who are non-disabled; includes military, supported employment, self-employment or a family business if criteria of competitive employment are met.
- Other employment: Work or self-employment for a period of at least 90 days at any time in the year since leaving high school; includes sheltered employment, volunteer, self-employment, work out of one’s home, farming, others if competitive employment criteria are not fully met.
One-fifth of the public agencies (districts) are monitored each year through the Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment, meaning Districts are required to participate in the PSO survey once within a five-year cycle. Districts also have the option to participate in the PSO survey in non-monitoring years.
To provide counties the maximum amount of available data, the County PSO Reports here include all of the districts that participated in the range of survey years selected, including those districts in DPI Self-Assessment Monitoring and those districts electing to participate in a non-monitoring year.
The data in the PSO reports represent a duplicated view of outcomes, meaning all the activities in which youth are engaged are reported. In contrast, Indicator 14 data, used for reporting District and State PSO reporting requirements represent an unduplicated, hierarchical count of engagement.
Using County Community on Transition (CCoT) Improvement Planning
- Post School Outcomes (PSO) data are useful to review as a county team for transition planning and to view county outcomes alongside statewide outcomes.
- Use this information to identify areas of strength and need, and to plan improvement activities.
- Review county data annually to see if CCoT improvement efforts are reflected in the outcomes data.
- Remember, it is more important to get a "feel" for the data than memorizing specific data points or percentages.
- The Transition Improvement Plan (TIP) is a valuable tool that uses the National Predictors of Post School Success to help individual educators and school teams understand the research-based practices that lead to improved outcomes for youth. To view the TIP go to the State Transition Improvement (TIG) website (www.witig.org) and select "Transition in Wisconsin" to learn more about the Predictors.
Click "County PSO Report" from the left-hand links. Reports can be viewed several ways:
- Survey Years: Select to view three, four or five years combined data. Some counties have few districts, so combining surveys years will include the outcomes of more exiters. Currently, the County PSO Reports include survey years 2011, 2012, and 2013. After November 15, 2014, 2014 survey data will be added.
- County: and an auto-fill report will be created using the most recent PSO data for the district and the corresponding statewide data from that survey year.
- Type: You can select
- "Text" to view the numbers and percentage of exiters, as well as statewide trends for the current survey year.
- "Graph" to view a bar graph representation of the major PSO outcomes.
If you would like further assistance or information, please contact Mary Kampa, PSO Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org 715-416-0609) or Jenny Jacobs, PSO Outreach (email@example.com 920-617-5630) or any of the TIG staff at http://www.witig.org/contact-us/
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