Data Collection & Use

Whether you are planning instruction or services from individual skill and preference assessments or making funding decisions based on large program outcomes, collecting, analyzing, and using data are critical pieces of doing good work. Data-driven decision-making is important to quality services.

Find tools and support to collect, analyze, and use data relevant to secondary students and youth with disabilities. Our data collection and use strategies and resources fall into three critical subtopics.

Student/Youth Level Data

Resources focused on collecting and using data to inform instructional decisions and individualized student-youth level plans.


Tools and resources associated with data collection for the IDEA State Performance Plan Part B Indicators 1: graduation rates, 2: dropout rates, 13: transition components of the IEP, and 14: post-school outcomes.


Resources and updates to support state agencies with regard to data collection in the context of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (2014).

Resources from Other Sources


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Key Resources

Critical Subtopics

Student/Youth Level Data

Includes data collection methods and analysis to inform instruction and individualized planning. More about Student/Youth Level Data.


Data collection resources for the IDEA State Performance Plan Part B Indicators for graduation, dropout, transition and post-school outcomes. More about IDEA Data.


Resources and updates related to data collection from RSA related to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014. More about WIOA Data.

Related Topics 

Graduation / Dropout

Strategies to reduce the dropout rate and increase graduation rate of all students with disabilities. More about graduation and dropout prevention.

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Training to begin exploring jobs and career interests through additional VR services. Explore options on how to make available to all students with disabilities who need those services. More about Pre-Employment Transition Services.

Secondary Education

Transition officially begins during middle and high school. Multiple resources, strategies, toolkits, and training are provided in this topic. More about Secondary Transition.