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question marksWhat is a Transition Plan?

A transition plan is the section of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines transition goals and services for the student. The transition plan is based on a high school student's individual needs, strengths, skills, and interests. Transition planning is used to identify and develop goals which need to be accomplished during the current school year to assist the student in meeting his post-high school goals.

  #1 National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) website This is the best resource on transition planning (in my opinion). What I am going to do with this website is to take what I feel is the most useful of the information at NSTTAC and make it easily accessible. Also visit other partner site!
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What is Indicator 13?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was preauthorized on December 3, 2004 and its provisions became effective on July 1, 2005. In conjunction with the reauthorization, the U. S. Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs required states to develop six-year State Performance Plans (SPP) in December, 2005 around 20 indicators, on which data will be submitted annually (beginning February 2007) in Annual Performance Reports (APR).

The 13th Indicator relates to transition services for students: Indicator 13 — Improving transition services for students with disabilities at the secondary level, i.e., 16+ years.

More about Transition Planning:

The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions - (MCST) has published a series of How To Guides

Exploring a World of Transition Resources- a quick start guide using a free tool, Delicious, to explore an online library of transition resources.

Transition Timeline- Transition Timeline identifies the activities and actions to consider for the core transition years ages fourteen to twenty.

Transition Services Flow Chart

Learn more about Transition Planning with this Power Point @

There is a 35 page pdf. on Transition Planning Tips at: website-

arrowThe NH Parent Information Center-PIC has a great "Tool Kit" on their website. Download the whole 69 page pdf. document and you will have a great transition planning resource specific to New Hampshire.

Parent Information Center on Special Education - NH’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center
A Project of the Parent Information Center
151A Manchester St. | PO Box 2405 | Concord, NH 03302-2405
(603) 224-7005 | (800) 947-7005 | |

Transition Homepage

Transition, Transition Services, Transition Planning -

Where to go from here?

Read some transition plans that are rated according to Indicator 13 guidelines

Find some resources for Age Appropriate Transition Assessments

Learn more about Person Centered Planning and Self Advocacy

Some steps a high school student can take to prepare for the transition planning process include:

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