The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) was created as part of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NCSER sponsors a program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. NCSER funds programs of research that address its mission. In order to determine which programs work, as well as how, why and in what settings, NCSER sponsors research on the needs of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and evaluates the effectiveness of services provided through IDEA.
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS-2) is a follow-up of the original National Longitudinal Transition Study conducted from 1985 through 1993. NLTS-2 began in 2001 with a sample of special education students who were ages 13 through 16 and in at least 7th grade on December 1, 2000. The study will continue for 10 years and is designed to provide a national picture of these youths' experiences and achievements as they transition into adulthood. Data will be collected from parents, youth, and schools by survey, telephone interviews, student assessments, and transcripts.
NLTS-2 is designed to align with the original NLTS by including many of the same questions and data items, thus allowing comparisons between the NLTS and NLTS-2 youths' experiences. NLTS-2 also includes items that have been collected in other national databases to permit comparisons between NLTS-2 youth and the general youth population. Data is currently available for Waves 1 through 5.
Further information on NLTS-2 may be obtained from