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Digest of Education Statistics: 2009
Digest of Education Statistics: 2009

NCES 2010-013
April 2010


Table 390. Among special education students out of high school up to 6 years, percentage attending and completing postsecondary education, living independently, and working competitively, and mean competitive wage earned, by type of disability: 2007
Postsecondary status and institution type; and living, employ-ment, and wage status All disabili-ties1 Specific learning disabilities Speech or language impairments Mental retardation Emotional disturbance Hearing impairments Orthopedic impairments Other health impairments2 Visual impairments Multiple disabilities Deaf-blindness Autism Traumatic brain injury
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Percent of students
Ever attended
   institution
                                                                             
Any postsecondary 57.0   (3.60) 61.3   (5.28) 68.5   (5.07) 35.9   (5.95) 42.2   (6.01) 82.9   (7.06) 66.3   (5.95) 60.2   (5.39) 79.0   (5.84) 36.7   (10.72) 72.5   (10.11) 57.7   (8.05) 66.1   (10.18)
4-year 15.9   (2.66) 15.9   (3.96) 36.3   (5.25) 8.8 ! (3.52) 8.3 ! (3.37) 36.6   (9.02) 28.1   (5.66) 18.2   (4.25) 49.7   (7.18) 12.7 ! (7.39) 32.9 ! (10.64) 26.1   (7.15) 16.2 ! (7.93)
2-year 41.3   (3.58) 44.4   (5.38) 44.4   (5.43) 26.6   (5.48) 31.4   (5.65) 52.8   (9.35) 52.4   (6.29) 47.1   (5.49) 53.5   (7.16) 22.1 ! (9.23) 46.1   (11.29) 43.4   (8.07) 48.0   (10.75)
Vocational/technical 27.9   (3.26) 29.2   (4.93) 22.8   (4.58) 20.9   (5.05) 24.8   (5.25) 52.8   (9.35) 26.7   (5.57) 33.2   (5.18) 22.3   (5.98) 16.8 ! (8.30) 20.6 ! (9.16) 29.7   (7.44) 33.4 ! (10.15)
                                                                             
Currently attending
   institution
                                                                             
Any postsecondary 20.7   (2.95) 23.5   (4.59) 35.8   (5.27) 6.0 ! (2.96) 10.1 ! (3.68) 37.2   (9.13) 28.8   (5.70) 17.6   (4.20) 37.0   (6.93) 19.8 ! (8.87) 53.4   (11.48) 21.7 ! (6.74) 20.8 ! (8.73)
4-year 9.1   (2.10) 10.1 ! (3.27) 20.6   (4.43) 1.6 ! (1.57) 3.5 ! (2.23) 28.9   (8.50) 10.3 ! (3.83) 7.4 ! (2.88) 28.7   (6.51) 10.6 ! (6.85) 25.5 ! (9.87) 10.3 ! (4.99) 8.6 ! (6.04)
2-year 12.7   (2.44) 15.0   (3.89) 16.1   (4.04) 4.5 ! (2.58) 6.5 ! (3.00) 7.8 ! (5.05) 22.9   (5.30) 9.7 ! (3.27) 14.6 ! (5.10) 9.6 ! (6.61) 27.1 ! (10.24) 12.3 ! (5.32) 14.7 ! (7.73)
Vocational/technical 1.8 ! (0.97) 1.5 ! (1.33) 0.8 ! (0.99) 1.2 ! (1.37) 3.7 ! (2.32) 1.5 ! (2.32) 2.3 ! (1.87) 3.1 ! (1.93) 0.4 ! (0.94) 1.9 ! (3.04) #   (†) 2.9 ! (2.77) 1.3 ! (2.47)
                                                                             
Graduated from
   institution3
                                                                             
Any postsecondary 24.3   (4.53) 22.0   (6.12) 34.2   (6.56) 23.4 ! (11.68) 32.2   (8.70) 30.7 ! (10.23) 27.7   (6.72) 28.8   (6.26) 38.5   (8.26) 21.5 ! (12.83)   (†) 28.0 ! (9.39) 26.3 ! (11.16)
4-year 10.1 ! (6.06)   (†) 16.0 ! (7.42)   (†)   (†) 16.4 ! (9.66) 13.4 ! (9.70) 14.7 ! (8.79) 36.3   (10.63)   (†)   (†) 36.1 ! (15.02)   (†)
2-year 18.9   (4.87) 16.0 ! (6.28) 34.8   (8.50)   (†) 30.4 ! (10.53) 24.7 ! (14.33) 19.5 ! (7.30) 26.7   (7.03) 26.7 ! (9.98)   (†)   (†) 29.1 ! (12.22)   (†)
Vocational/technical 50.1   (9.20) 54.8   (13.19) 56.3   (13.12) 34.7 ! (21.84) 41.2 ! (13.38) 32.0 ! (19.45) 36.5 ! (12.45) 38.8 ! (11.77) 32.5 ! (18.76) 48.0 ! (19.23)   (†) 23.8 ! (13.73) 5.6 ! (11.58)
                                                                             
Living
   independently4
35.6   (3.48) 39.4   (5.30) 35.1   (5.25) 23.5   (5.26) 32.2   (5.69) 25.6 ! (8.17) 17.8   (4.82) 33.0   (5.18) 38.5   (6.99) 7.5 ! (5.84) 16.9 ! (8.49) 19.9 ! (6.50) 22.5 ! (8.99)
                                                                             
Competitively
   employed5
                                                                             
Currently 63.2   (3.75) 70.6   (5.26) 62.1   (5.49) 33.6   (6.23) 59.0   (6.64) 50.9   (9.94) 24.7   (5.48) 62.8   (5.64) 37.3   (7.27) 41.8   (12.15) 18.1 ! (8.71) 46.7   (8.96) 37.1   (10.74)
In the past 2 years 82.8   (2.82) 88.9   (3.51) 82.8   (4.15) 54.0   (6.38) 85.6   (4.50) 71.4   (8.73) 42.6   (6.11) 83.2   (4.20) 63.1   (7.15) 51.0   (11.68) 28.4 ! (10.21) 60.1   (8.36) 54.9   (10.83)
Current dollars
Mean hourly wage
   at current
   competitive job
$9.93   (0.45) $9.98   (0.57) $9.42   (0.39) $8.37   (0.52) $10.79   (1.12) $9.99   (0.64) $9.54   (0.95) $9.29   (0.59) $11.50   (1.84) $13.05   (2.22)   (†) $8.96   (1.01) $8.41   (0.66)
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
!Interpret data with caution.
‡Reporting standards not met.
1 Includes disability categories not shown separately.
2 Other health impairments include having limited strength, vitality, or alertness that is due to chronic or acute health problems (such as a heart condition, rheumatic fever, asthma, hemophilia, and leukemia) and that adversely affects educational performance.
3 Among students who had ever attended the type of institution specified, the percentage who received a diploma, certificate, or license.
4 Living independently includes living alone, with a spouse or roommate, in a college dormitory, in Job Corps housing, or in military housing as a service member.
5 Competitively employed refers to those receiving more than minimum wage and working in an environment where the majority of workers are not disabled.
NOTE: Data based on students who had been out of high school up to 6 years and had attended special or regular schools in the 1999-2000 or 2000-01 school year. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research, National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), Wave 4, 2007, unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared July 2009.)