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3. Changes to definition of “transition services.”
The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
  • Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education; vocational education; integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education; adult services; independent living or community participation;
  • Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and
  • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How might the full continuum of services and placements impact transition to post-school activities?

  2. How does the inclusion of academic and functional achievement in the definition of transition services impact a student’s IEP?

Application Questions

  1. How might a “results-oriented” process be defined and how would it be measured?

  2. How might SEAs/LEAs measure the academic and functional achievement of a child with a disability that results in improved outcomes from secondary to postsecondary, vocational, or integrated employment?

  3. What skills might educators possess to ensure that all students receive the accommodations and modification they need to access and succeed in the academic curriculum?

  4. What other non-public school individuals/organizations might be included in the dialogue to determine a results-oriented process?

  5. How might their input be used to promote positive changes in policy and programs?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: General education teacher
    Location: California

    Role: Parent
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Washington, DC

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Virginia