NLTS2: National Longitudinal Transition Study-2

  • Longitudinal study designed to explore the experiences of students receiving special education as they moved from secondary school into adult roles
  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Data collection began with a nationally representative sample of students receiving special education who were ages 13 through 16 and in at least 7th grade on December 1, 2000
    • Five waves of data collection


  • Data was collected from a variety of sources, including parents/guardians, teachers, principals, school records, and students themselves and included information such as:
    • High school coursework, extracurricular activities, and academic performance
    • Post-secondary education and training
    • Employment, independent living, and community participation
  • Click here for more information about the study design and methodology.
  • Click here for data documentation and dictionaries for all five waves.
  • Click here to review reports that used NLTS2 data.
  • Click here to review National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) report.
    • The NLTS study predates the web and does not have a website.

NLTS2 data are available in two forms, unrestricted and restricted-use.

Unrestricted Data

  • Unrestricted data is available in cross-tabular format on the web.
    • Click here to find data.

Restricted-Use Data

  • Restricted-use data sets are available by license.
    • Click here for access to the Restricted-Use Data Procedures Manual and information about obtaining restricted-use data.
    • Click here for more information about applying for restricted-use data licenses.

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