TIG Times

February 2020

2019 Indicator 14 Survey Results

The 2019 Indicator 14 Survey results are posted on the Indicator 14 website at www.indicator14wi.org.


For the 2019 survey year, 301 school districts participated. From the participating school districts, there were a possible 6,828 surveys, of which 4,508 were completed, resulting in a 66% response rate. Of the surveys completed, 46% were the former student responding, 48% were answered by the exiter’s parent or guardian and 6% identified themselves as another person who knows the former student.


Indicator 14 survey results are an unduplicated count of participation in one type of activity within the year after leaving high school. Respondents are counted in the highest category and are only counted in one category. Categories are ranked, with the highest category being higher education, followed by competitive employment, other postsecondary education or training and lastly, other employment. The definitions of each category are as follows:


Higher Education - Completion of at least one term at a 2-yr college or technical college or 4-yr college or university regardless of participation in employment or other postsecondary education or training.


Competitive Employment - 90 consecutive or cumulative days in a community setting, working 20 hours or more per week and earning minimum wage or greater or the military AND not counted in higher education and regardless of engagement in other postsecondary education or training or other employment.


Other Postsecondary Education or Training - Completion of at least one term at any other short-term education or training program, humanitarian program or high school completion program AND not counted in higher education OR competitive employment and regardless of engagement in other employment.


Other Employment - 90 consecutive or cumulative days of employment in any setting AND not counted in higher education OR competitive employment OR postsecondary education or training program.

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The Indicator 14 data for all participating districts (required and nonrequired combined) has higher outcomes in all three categories compared to data from just the districts required to participate. Overall there is a noted decrease in participation in higher education across all exiters surveyed.


As districts have the opportunity to review their district data and compare their data to statewide data, TIG is interested in hearing thoughts from educators as to why the decrease in participation in higher education is occurring. Please contact your regional TIG Coordinator with your thoughts on this after reviewing your data. Contact information can be found at https://www.witig.org/contact-us/.


The 2019 Indicator 14 data can be compared to the 2018 Indicator 14 results. The chart below shows the population, respondents, and response rate for participating districts.

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This second chart compares the Indicator 14 participation categories from the 2018 and 2019 surveys. When viewing your district data, compare your data over those years to the statewide data.

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Signing up for the 2020 Survey

Emails were sent to Special Education Directors the beginning of January regarding signing up for the 2020 Indicator 14 Survey. Approximately 80 districts are required to participate in the survey each year while the remaining districts are invited to participate. Districts in a required participation year can choose to have trained district staff complete the surveys or can choose to have St. Norbert College SRI complete the surveys on behalf of the district. Elective districts can choose to have trained district staff complete the surveys or can contract and pay St. Norbert College SRI to complete surveys on behalf of the district. TIG no longer compensates district staff for their work on surveys. Districts will need to determine how to compensate their staff for their time and effort on this project.

Special Education Transition Incentive Grant Funding Tied to Survey Participation

Districts are eligible to apply for and receive Special Education Transition Incentive Grant funds based on the number of former special education students from the district who responded to the Wisconsin Indicator 14 Post School Outcomes Survey.


  • 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 another postsecondary education or training program, or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school. (See definitions at the beginning of this article)


  • Districts will receive up to $1,000 for each qualifying survey during the 2020 survey and will receive this payment in June 2021.

Next Steps

All districts who sign up to participate in the 2020 survey will receive an email from Jenny Jacobs in March with the timelines and directions for the next steps in the 2020 Indicator 14 Survey process. Please watch for this email. Interviewer training dates and times will be available in March on the TIG calendar of events at www.witig.org.