Secondary transition services prepare students to successfully move from the world of school to the world of adulthood.  Starting by at least age 16, each student’s interests and strengths  are assessed and arranged into a Transition Plan where emp hasis is placed on exploratory activities and goal accomplishment in the areas of post-secondary education, employment and independence.  

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Supporting Students with Disabilities Transition to Post-Secondary Education
This webinar series hosted by Boise State Educational Access Center and University of Idaho CDAR takes place on the third Tuesday of each month. The dates are: January 17 (5pm MST, 4pm PST), February 21 (4pm MST, 3pm PST), March 21 (5pm MST, 4pm PST), April 18 (4pm MST, 3pm PST), and May 16 (5pm MST, 4pm PST). Add this link to your calendar to join at the designated time:  

PROGRESS Center provides information, resources, tools, and technical assistance services to support local educators in developing and implementing high-quality educational programs that enable children with disabilities to make progress and meet challenging goals, consistent with the 2017 Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District decision by the United States Supreme Court. is a website with resources to help engage with youth to promote change, implement evidence-based and innovative programs, and locate program funding in your community.


You can locate this document by scrolling down to the "Resources" section on this topic page and search for “Moving On Binder.” You can also access the Moving on Binder by clicking here.

Beginning by at least age 16 the Transition Plan becomes a part of the IEP annual review process as a new “section” of the IEP. Student interests and strengths identified in the Transition Plan must in some way be incorporated into the rest of the annual IEP—specifically all annual goals in the IEP must support post-secondary goals and outcomes—and these same goals and outcomes should be considered by the IEP team when making service and LRE determinations.

Transition assessment and planning is done on an ongoing basis (at least annually) to identify and support the student’s needs for both current and post-secondary goals and activities which will be documented in the IEP.

Secondary transition planning is the process of preparing students for life after high school and includes planning for post-secondary education or training, employment, and independent living. Studies show that a large number of students receiving special education services do not pursue education or training beyond high school and, when compared to the general population, are not as successful in the workplace. Transition planning and corresponding programming helps to close this gap. Moreover, transition planning is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires states to report data annually on 20 indicators related to compliance and performance of students with disabilities. The 13th Indicator relates to transition services for students: “Percent of youth age 16 and above with an individualized education program (IEP) that includes coordinated, measurable, annual IEP goals and transition services that will reasonably enable the student to meet the postsecondary goals."

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has developed an OSEP-approved checklist to help teams evaluate the compliance of transition planning components on the IEP. You can find the OSEP-approved checklist here.

Additionally, Indicator 14 is also related to secondary transition: “Percent of youth who had IEPs; are no longer in secondary school; and…enrolled in post-secondary school and/or employed within one year.” Follow this link to see Idaho’s results most recent data on this and other indicator areas.

IDEA Part 300.321 states that a child with a disability should participate as a member of the IEP team whenever appropriate. Additionally, this same part requires documentation that a transition age student (age 16-21) has been invited to any meeting where post-secondary goals and transition services are discussed. It does NOT require the student to attend the meeting, but when they are not present schools must take steps to consider the student’s preferences and interests.

While not required, it is ideal for transition age students to actively participate in their special education meetings and where appropriate influence the development of the IEP. From an early age schools should provide self-advocacy instruction and support that promotes a student’s understanding of their disability, strengths/needs, and IEP process so that they can better advocate for themselves and maximize independence.


Secondary Special Ed Webinar Series 2020-21 This monthly webinar series on various Secondary Special Education topics provides new information & resources as well as addresses topics, needs, & frequently asked questions from teachers across Idaho who are working with students on transition planning.

#1 - Vocational Rehabilitation - November 9, 2020 - View Recording
#2 - Transition Curriculum & Resources - December 15, 2020 - View Recording
#3 - Transition Assessments, Goals, & Activities - January 14, 2021 - View Recording
#4 - Transition Services and Work Experience - February 18, 2021 - View Recording
#5 - Person Centered Planning - March 16, 2021 - View Recording
#6 - Program Exit/Graduation & SOP - April 20, 2021 - View Recording

Students Transitioning to Adult Life: Navigating Resources (April 21, 2022) In this one-hour live webinar, Idaho Parents Unlimited and the Idaho State Department of Education partner to share information and resources for students with disabilities, their families, and secondary school staff to assist in preparation for transitioning from school to adult services. View Recording of the Students Transitioning to Adult Life webinar. Indicator 14 Post School Data Collection Survey (April 27, 2022) This webinar will provide information and resources for Idaho LEAs to collect survey information from their former 2021 SPED student exiters (graduation, age-out, drop-out). View Recording of the Indicator 14 Post School Data Collection Survey webinar.

Secondary Transition Planning and Next Steps Idaho (May 24, 2022) Staff from the College and Career Access department of the Idaho State Board of Education will walk participants through the Next Steps Idaho website sharing useful resources and tools. View Recording of Secondary Transition Planning and Next Steps Idaho.

Accuplacer Proctor Training - January 24, 2022

2021 Idaho Transition Institute
Session recordings and materials presented at the November 3 and 4 Institute are located on this Idaho Transition Padlet.

Secondary Special Ed Webinar Series 2022-23 This monthly webinar series on various Secondary Special Education topics provides new information & resources as well as addresses topics, needs, & frequently asked questions from teachers across Idaho who are working with students on transition planning.

#1 – Updated Graduation Requirements/Resources – September 27, 2022 - View Recording
#2 – Secondary Transition Open House/Office Hours – November 15, 2022 - Register
#3 – Secondary Transition Webinar (Topic TBD) – December 13, 2022 - Register
#4 – Secondary Transition Webinar (Topic TBD) - February 21, 2021 - Register
#5 – Secondary Transition Open House/Office Hours – May 9, 2023 - Register


Transition Training Modules for Teachers
Age Appropriate Assessments by Disability Type
Student Led IEP's
Self-Determination IEP Instruction
Job and Skill Example Videos
Idaho CTE Career Atlas
Vocational Rehabilitation: How to Receive Services (Information for Students and Parents)
Next Steps Idaho
Participation of Students with Disabilities in Driver Education Programs
Supporting Student-Led Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance
Partnering with Community Agencies in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance)
Incorporating Career and Technical Education in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance
The Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission Education
The ARC Virtual Program Library
Kids Health in the Classroom
Workforce Atlas
Workforce GPS

Classroom Behavior Management Training Module for Secondary Teachers - Developed specifically with middle and high school teachers in mind (e.g., 6th-12th grade), this module reviews the major components of a classroom behavior management plan (including rules, procedures, and consequences) and guides users through the steps of creating their own classroom behavior management plan (est. completion time: 2 hours).

Reality Town - is a fun, hands-on curriculum that culminates in a two hour simulation event run by your school personnel, during which time students take on a career, salary, spouse, or lack thereof, children and the financial obligations of a 30 year old adult. The Reality Town program is a great motivator and eye-opening experience, as students learn many financial and life concepts. LEA’s can borrow the Kit and site license from Idaho SESTA at no charge. The kit comes with everything the LEA will need to host their event for up to 200 students. For more information and to borrow the kit, please contact Idaho SESTA.

Secondary Transition Resources

Contact Us

Randi cole

Special Education Secondary Transition
Phone: 208-332-6918


sde Idaho State Department of Education
650 W. State Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027