The Graduation Cliff (Summary & Full Report)

Reports and Publications
August 2015
Erica Skogebo McFadden, Ph.D., David B. Daugherty, Ph.D., Sang Eun Lee, Kim W. Fisher, Ph.D., Anthony Hack

More than one in 10 Arizona public high school students have disabilities. One-third of these youth remain unengaged in work or education following graduation, creating a significant public policy challenge for the state. Why is this so? This report shares findings from 2014 surveys and focus groups conducted with youth and families as well as interviews with education leaders across the state. These responses highlight how Arizona schools and families are preparing these youth, and what the state still needs to do to ensure youth with disabilities have a role to play in Arizona’s job market. (This report was developed in partnership with the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.)