The purpose of the Secondary Transition Considerations section is to consider the student’s strengths and areas of need to help plan and prepare the student for adult life. Proper planning and preparation positively influence the likelihood of graduation and promote successful outcomes.
Secondary transition services are required to be in effect when the student turns 16. IEP teams are recommended to consider secondary transition services at a younger age if appropriate. Secondary transition considerations must be updated annually thereafter.
Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), that are designed to support movement from school to post-high school activities, including vocational training, employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and community participation. Secondary Transition describes the critical transformation our special education students need in order to achieve their post-secondary education goals.
The transition process prepares students with disabilities for adult life by focusing on the specific areas of post-secondary education, employment, community participation, and independent living. Transition services are provided by the school and, when necessary, community agencies, to promote successful movement of students with disabilities from high school to adult life. They are a part of the results-oriented process focused on improving the functional and academic needs of the student transitioning.