The definition of “transition services” has been changed to emphasize that the services must be designed “within a results-oriented process,” which is “focused on improving the academic and functional achievement ” of the student.
“ Vocational education” has been added to the list of potential services and …
The student’s “strengths ” must be taken into account as well as their preferences and interests when considering the student’s transition needs.
What the regs say… In the year in which the child will turn 16, the IEP must contain… “ A statement of appropriate, measurable post secondary goals based on age appropriate transition assessments related to training , education , employment and where appropriate, independent livings skills, and transition services ( including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching these goals .”
There are 3 critical changes in transition planning
The 1st area of change is…
Required individual transition assessment .
Be sure to check with your guidance folks to see what assessments they have. You can download the NCWD assessment handbook for free here: http://www.ncwdyouth.info/resources_&_Publications/assessment.html
Upon graduation, the LEA must write a summary of the student’s academic achievement & functional performance . Included here are recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting their post secondary goals.
This is a SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE (SoP)
Think of it as a “Passport”
“ Exit Visa”
The Multi-Year Plan Think of it as an Alternative Credit Accrual Plan
When appropriate , a Multi Year Plan, approved by the superintendent or designee, should be developed for students earning credits in an “ alternative way” from their non- disabled peers.
A student may take “ life skills math” vs. algebra.
A student may take Tae Kwon Do vs. P.E .
The multi-year plan should be included in the IEP as an annual goal.
Welcome to the Vermont Department of Education's Secondary Transition Resource Center. Our vision is that this online resource center will ultimately help improve outcomes for youth with disabilities who are transitioning to life after high school. We want to get technical assistance into the hands of special educators, inspire youth to set high goals and help parents navigate through this often confusing information. Our hope is that these web pages will allow people to access all of the currently available transition resources in Vermont from one central place, here at TRIPSCY. Stay tuned to this site; we will be uploading new content periodically.