Transition services are a set of coordinated activities designed to be a results-oriented process that facilitates the successful movement from school to postsecondary living. These activities are based on the student's needs, strengths, preferences, and interests. Transition services include instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school living objectives and, when appropriate, daily living skills.
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004) Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 13 is in place to measure the state's percent of youth aged 16-21 with an IEP that includes coordinated, measurable, annual IEP goals and transition services that will reasonably enable the child to meet the post-secondary goals. [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B)]
The measurable postsecondary goals are based upon age appropriate transition assessment. Information from formal and informal assessments is collected by the IEP Team in the area of needs, strengths, preferences and interests. The measurable postsecondary goals are developed or confirmed and assessment information is updated annually.
Beginning no later than with the IEP that is in effect when the student turns 16, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP Team, the IEP must include appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessment related to education/training, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills.
A course of study is a current description of coursework and/or activities to achieve the student's desired post-school goals, from the student's current to anticipated exit year.
Annual goals are statements that describe what a student with a disability can reasonably be expected to accomplish within a 12-month period of the student's program. Measurable annual goals include timeframe, conditions, behavior, and criterion.
Transition Services are designed to be a results-oriented process that facilitates the movement from school to postsecondary living activities that include adult services.