One in four graduates of special education programs in Oregon were without jobs or further education for the year following their graduation, according to a survey marking the state’s first-ever effort to track such students.

The state’s Department of Education conducted a telephone survey of the 4,200 special education students who completed high school in 2007. About 1,150 reported that over the course of the year following, they did not receive any additional education or work a job paying at least minimum wage. Success rates varied by school district.

Across the nation states report that between 40 percent and 93 percent of special education students go on to find jobs or enroll in further education within a year of completing high school, according to The Associated Press. To read more click here.

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