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.  

What's New?

ID Transition Forward App
DisAbility Rights Idaho has developed a transition app to increase self-direction and self-advocacy for all Idaho youth in the transition planning process. Visit their website for more information and supporting documents.

T-Folio is a free transition portfolio tool for high school-aged youth with disabilities. This resource is hosted by the Center for Change in Transition Services at Seattle University.

A Resource Guide for Inclusive Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

The ABLE Youth Transition Toolkit
The ABLE National Resource Center and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C) partnered to provide this ABLE Youth Transition Toolkit which is specifically designed to educate parents and other family members, caregivers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, special educators and other disability youth service providers on the benefits and uses of ABLE accounts.

Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities
The Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities is a national health care transition resource center. The goal of the center is to empower youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) ages 12-26 to direct their own transition from pediatric to adult care with no reduction in quality of care and no gaps in service.

K12 Behavioral Health
Free Professional Development opportunity for educators, school nurses, and other support personnel.

Expect, Engage, and Empower: Successful Transitions for All!
The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs initiative provides information and resources to help prepare students with disabilities in their transition to adulthood.


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).

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.

Secondary Special Ed Webinar: Updated Transition and Graduation Resources - February 3, 2022

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 - No recording
#3 – Secondary Transition Webinar – December 13, 2022 - View Recording
#4 – Secondary Transition Open House/Office Hours – May 9, 2023 -  - No Recording


Transition Training Modules for Teachers
Age Appropriate Assessments by Disability Type
Student Led IEP's
Self-Determination IEP Instruction
Job and Skill Example Videos
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
Progress Center
Iris Center: Universal Design for Learning Module
Do the Math. Save a Life.

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

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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