This new adaptation of NAPE’s Program Improvement Process for Equity™, a proven, multi-year professional development and technical assistance program model, will bring diverse district-based teams together to research, analyze, and determine participation and performance gap root causes for students with disabilities in career pathways.
The U.S. Department of Labor (2017) found that compared to 65.3% of individuals without disabilities, only 17.9% of individuals with disabilities were employed. The U.S. Department of Education (2010) found that the employment rate among youth with disabilities aged 17 to 21 was 57% compared to 66% for their peers without disabilities. Statistical analysis further verifies a marked difference in the employment prospects of youth with disabilities.
Increase the number of students with disabilities who:
- Enroll in CTE career pathways;
- Participate in related work-based learning experiences in authentic employment settings;
- Earn college and career credentials in CTE career pathways;
- Graduate from high school as a CTE career pathway completer;
- Continue their education and training beyond high school; and
- Enter in-demand employment.
- National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE),
- Delaware Department of Education,
- Delaware Department of Labor,
- Delaware Health and Social Services,
- National Technical Assistance Center on Transition, and
- Tilson and Diaz Solutions, Inc., as well as school system staff, parents, students, and employers.
The teams, consisting of district and school staff, as well as vocational rehabilitation counselors and staff from partnering organizations, will analyze options, align strategies, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes through statewide peer-to-peer collaboration and evaluation. Three school districts in Delaware are participating in the first year pilot – Capital School District, Laurel School District and Appoquinimink School District.