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Terminology and Glossary
For purposes of this survey, local educational agency (LEA) includes all South Dakota public schools.
Leaver or Exiter means the student left their high school education setting with a regular diploma, with a certificate of attendance, terminated at maximum age of eligibility (21 years old) for special education and related services, or dropped-out.
Drop-out is defined as a student who was enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year, was not enrolled at the reporting time of the current school year (third Friday in September), has not graduated from high school or completed a state or LEA approved educational program, and does not meet any of the following: transferred to another school LEA, private school or state or LEA approved educational program; is temporarily absent due to expulsion, suspension or school-excused illness; is deceased.
For portions of the reports, ethnic categories of Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native are combined and grouped "Minority". Similarly, the disability areas of hearing impairment (HI), visually impairment (VI), speech and language impairment (S/L), autism (Autism), deaf/blind (D/B), other health impairment (OHI), orthopedic impairment (OI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), are grouped as "Low Incidence" (LI). This is done because some of the data points have fewer than five responses when analyzed by gender, ethnicity and disability.
Educational Service Agency
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DOE that identifies the ESA.
Numbers and percentages compiled as a result of data entry regarding the various survey components.
Date of Birth
The student's birth date provided by the DOE on the Exiting Special Education Report
Date of Exit
The date the former student exited their high school placement recorded as 4-digits: MM/YY (month/year).
Federal Data Collection Report
Demographic and exiter data reported by LEAs and submitted to the DOE.
A letter template the district personalizes and sends to their former students that describes the survey and explains the upcoming phone interview.
All of the students who are eligible to participate, within the parameters of the survey year, who have exited their high school setting within the past year.
Department of Education
A letter sent to students by the LEA written by the State Director of Special Education that describes the study and explains to the former students why this information can be collected without their permission.
Categories of time spent in a special education placement provided by the DOE on the December 1 Federal Data Collection Report; includes regular classroom (itinerant), resource room, separate class, separate public day school, separate private school, residential/hospital, and homebound
Categories of ethnicity provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report; includes Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Hispanic, and White; consistent with Federal reporting categories.
Categories of exit status under which the student left their high school setting provided by the DOE on the December 1 Federal Data Collection Report; includes regular diploma (including an Alternative School Diploma), certificate of attendance, termination at maximum age of eligibility, HSED/GED, or drop-out. It has the same meaning as the term, “leaver”.
Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act
Categories of gender provided by the DOE Federal Data Collection Report includes male and female.
The person who has the primary custodial responsibility for the former student, and who is not the former student's parent.
General Education Degree
High School Equivalency Diploma
Individual Education Plan
Questions with Script
Script that guides the telephone interview with the student, and has a section to record contact history.
Local Education Agency. This is the local school district, state school, juvenile facility, residential care center, or human services agency responsible for educational decisions.
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DPI that identifies the district and buildings within the district.
LEA Building Code
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DOE that identifies buildings within the district.
The report generated as a result of completing the SDPHSOS.
Categories of exit status under which the student left their high school setting provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report; includes regular diploma (including an Alternative School Diploma), certificate of attendance (including HSED), termination at maximum age of eligibility or drop-out (including GED). It has the same meaning as the term, “exiter”.
National Longitudinal Transition Study/ National Longitudinal Transition Study 2
Local Performance Plan (LPP)
LEA reports of required data elements of the SPP
Office of Special Education Programs
and Student Contact Information Form
Form that records the former student's address and phone number.
Permanent Parent or Guardian Contact Information
Usually a parent or guardian's permanent address and phone number, but may also include another relative or friend.
Categories of disability provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report; includes Autism, Cognitive Disability (CD), Deaf/Blind (D/B), Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EBD), Hearing Impairment (HI), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Orthopedic Impairment (OI), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Speech and Language (S/L), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Visual Impairment (VI).
A sample report is provided to facilitate the reporting process. (Microsoft Word)
Special Education Plan (SEP)
A Special Education Plan (SEP) is an annual, DOE required, report which describes LEA special education programs and reviews the performance of district students with disabilities in several major areas including outcomes.
Categories of secondary disability(ies) provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report; includes the same categories as Primary Disability.
State Performance Plan (SPP)
The State Performance Plan (SPP) represents the Department of Public Instruction's (DOE) six-year plan for improving outcomes of children with disabilities in Wisconsin. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires DOE to have in place a State Performance Plan that evaluates the State's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describes how the State will improve performance.
is an annual, DOE required, report which describes state education programs and data, and reviews the performance of district students with disabilities in several major areas including outcomes.
Annual statewide demographic information provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report on all leavers; represents all the exiters in a survey year.
Statewide Demographic Data
Annual statewide demographic information provided by the DOE on the Federal Data Collection Report on all leavers.
The student's most current address and phone number, and the location at which you are most likely to contact to student after they have left high school.
The phone interview conducted between a school representative and the student or their proxy.
Summary Report (Sample Report)
A two to four page auto-fill summary of the participants' responses.
Survey participants (former students) on which all pieces of data have been successfully collected, including demographic data, contact information, IEP data review, and a telephone interview.
SDPHSOS or PHSOS
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