Center for Change and Transition Services
Transition Services
  • 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 (2004) Part B SPP Indicator 13

    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)]

    Indicator 13 Transition Components

    Age-appropriate Transition Assessment

    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.

    Measurable Postsecondary Goals

    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.

    Transition Services

    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.

    Course of Study

    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 IEP Goals

    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.

    Agency Collaboration

    Transition Services are designed to be a results-oriented process that facilitates the movement from school to postsecondary living activities that include adult services.