Topical Guides

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Knowing your available time and your audience, choose one or many of the dialogue starters below.




Reaction Questions


1.    What information do postsecondary educations currently share with middle schools and high schools in your district/state regarding curricular expectations? 

  • Regarding campus life?


2.    What is the current process used in your building/district to share information on postsecondary curricular expectations and campus life? 

  • Give some examples of the types of information that are shared with students and families.


3.    In your opinion, when should information be available to students and families regarding postsecondary curricular expectations and campus life? 

  • Middle school or high school?
  • Age 14 or age 16?  Other options?
  • What are the reasons you believe it is important to share at a particular grade level or age?


4.    What information/knowledge can the k-12 system share with postsecondary personnel to enhance understanding and to garner the types of information that need to be shared with students and families during the transition process?


Application Questions

1.    What processes/procedures can we put into place to facilitate two-way information sharing between our schools and postsecondary education institutions regarding curricular expectations and campus life? 

2.    What processes/procedures can we put into place to ensure that students and families are provided with postsecondary expectations and options in order to participate in informed decision-making?


These questions were developed by the following
stakeholders working together within the IDEA Partnership:

Role:  General Education Administrator
Location:  Colorado

Role:  Related Service Provider
Location:  North Carolina

Role:  State Service Agency
Location:  North Dakota

Role:  Higher Education
Location:  Pennsylvania

Role:  Family Member
Location:  Virginia

Role:  State Service Agency
Location:  Washington DC





The IDEA Partnership, located at the National Association of
State Directors of Special Education, is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs.   2009