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?

Idaho Tools for Life 2022
We’re bringing the Tools for Life conference back to Moscow on March 7-8, 2022! You’re invited to bring your high-school aged transitioning youth with disabilities to the event. Due to social distancing requirements we will be operating the event at a reduced seating capacity. Please reserve your seats soon to ensure your group gets a spot. Learn more and register for Idaho Tools for 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). Access this training module from the IRIS Center.

Reality Town
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.

Upcoming Virtual Trainings
Accuplacer Site Managers Training - January 24, 2022 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Mountain) / 10:00 - 11:00 am (Pacific)
Accuplacer Proctor Training - January 24, 2022 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Mountain) / 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

UPDATED Moving On Binder and support documents (Fall 2021)
Moving On Binder
Planning for Graduation
Idaho Graduation Timeline and Transition Planning Activities
IEP Team Grad Guide and Transition Planning Tool
Idaho Graduation Timeline and Transition Planning Activities - SPANISH


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.


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 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

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