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WI State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicator #14

Cyclical Monitoring


Post High School Outcomes

Indicator 14 helps us describe the further education and competitive employment experiences of youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life. Indicator 14 of the State Performance Plan (SPP) requires states report an unduplicated count of the:

“Percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were:

A. Enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school.
B. Enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school.
C. Enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school”

20 USC 1416(a)(3)(B)

Indicator 14 is an unduplicated, hierarchical count of the activities in which youth are engaged one year after exiting their postsecondary education placement. Data for this indicator will be collected through the Post School Outcomes Survey.

  • Higher education:  4 year college or university, 2-year college or community college, or a technical college (2 year degree) program.
  • 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 for pay 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.

For current information regarding this indicator please review the APR.

Data - District Profiles


Notification of Special Education Transition Incentive Grants

Overview of Funding

$100,000 was available for payment to schools in FY17. FY18 funding was increased to $2,700,000 to pay up to $1,000 per eligible former student survey payment.  Payments will be prorated if the appropriation is not sufficient to pay all eligible application amounts.

Fiscal Year
Monies Appropriated Survey Year
(IDEA Indicator 14)
Student Exit
School Year
FY17 $100,000 2016 (July – September) 2014-2015
FY18 $2,700,000 2017 (July – September) 2015-2016
FY19 $3,600,000 2018 (July - September) 2016-2017

Special Education Transition Incentive Grant Information

Your district may have recently received funding from DPI identified as “Special Education Transition Incentive Grants.” Payments were made under the Special Education Transition Incentive Grants, a new categorical aid program created under 2015 Act 55 (the 2015-17 state biennial budget) to incentivize positive post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. This school year (2016-17) was the first year for which aid was paid under this grant program. According to the WUFAR, this state aid payment is to be coded as 697 (revenue source code) and there are no restrictions on the use of these funds.

Districts are eligible for a Transition Incentive Grant based on the number of former special education pupils from the district who indicated that they met specific post-secondary education or paid work outcomes, in their responses to the Postschool Outcome Survey (PSO) required to meet DPI’s Indicator 14 requirements. The students are surveyed one year after graduating/exiting from high school.

The state law specifies that each district is eligible for $1,000 for each student whose response to the PSO indicates that they met the specified post-secondary education/paid work outcome on the PSO. However, limited funding was provided for this year ($100,000) and the law says that if the state funds are insufficient to cover the full cost of all eligible survey responses, we must prorate the payments to all recipients. There were 1737 eligible responses, so payments were prorated to $57.57 per eligible response.

Someone from the district (typically the director of pupil or student services) had to go into the district’s account on the WI Post-school Outcomes (WI PSO) website: to apply for these funds. The application process consisted of reviewing the number of qualifying surveys and accepting the funds.

The Wisconsin state budget included $2.7 million to incentivize positive post-school outcomes as measured by the Post-school Outcomes survey in FY18 and $3.6 million in FY19. Any district, 2r, or 2x charter with a secondary population was eligible to participate in the survey in 2017 and will be again in 2018. Participation in the PSO survey is required in order to be eligible for Transition Incentive Grant funds.

For more information about the Special Education Transition Incentive Grant program, see this web page (scroll down a bit to see info on the grant):

PSO Survey Eligibility

  • The eligible outcomes data are Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Indicator 14 benchmarks gathered one year after a student exits school.
  • Eligible student outcomes include: enrolled in higher education or in other post-secondary education or training; or competitively employed or in other employment within one year of leaving high school paying minimum wage or greater for 90 days or longer.
  • Applications will be completed by districts no later than January 31, 2017, through the WI PSO website based on eligible results of Indicator 14/PSO surveys.  Grant payments will be sent to districts no later than June 30, 2017.

Additional Information

  • There are no stipulations on how districts spend this grant money.
  • s. 115.884 Wis. Stats. includes specific school years for which students must be enrolled to be eligible (i.e. 2014-15 or 2015-16). 
    • This means that school districts and independent charters with eligible students with disabilities enrolled in 2015-16 will not receive grants unless the grant program receives funding in the next biennial budget for FY18.
    • This also means that students exiting in 2016-17 and later would not be eligible unless 115.884 Wis. Stats. is changed.

Training and Technical Assistance

Districts are encouraged to use the Wisconsin Post School Outcomes (WiPSO) survey annually to review outcomes of local exiters for use in district transition improvement planning.

For questions regarding the Post School Outcomes Survey, contact Mary Kampa, Project Coordinator, 715-416-0609.

For questions about this information, contact DPI Sped Team (608) 266-1781