How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for States

Despite advances in improving college and career readiness for students with disabilities, there is still a great deal of work needed to help more students achieve their full potential. This brief examines how two federal laws, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), can promote meaningful pathways to postsecondary opportunities by ensuring all students are college and career ready.

Specifically, this brief:

  1. Examines data on secondary and postsecondary education and employment outcomes of students with disabilities,
  2. Considers how college and career readiness strategies can support students with disabilities on a path to postsecondary education and career opportunities,
  3. Provides analyses of the provisions under ESSA and IDEA that support college and career readiness for students with disabilities,
  4. Features examples of effective practices, and
  5. Includes guidance for state leaders.

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The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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