Transition Needs

  • Focus on courses of study

  • Consider student strengths, preferences and interests

Speaker Notes:

Slide 8: Transition Needs

Once the student's measurable post-secondary goals are identified, the CSE must document the transition service needs of the student, focusing on the student’s courses of study that must be addressed in order for the student to reach these post-secondary goals. In identifying a student's need for a course of study, the CSE must take into account the student’s strengths, preferences and interests, as they relate to transition from school to post-school activities. Courses of study are the curriculum courses that will prepare the student to meet his or her post-secondary goals (e.g., a sequence of courses, such as career and technical education) and any specialized or additional coursework that may be necessary to support the student in achieving his or her adult goals.

For elementary-aged students, the sections on Measurable Post-secondary Goals and Transition Needs may be deleted from the students' IEPs. However, these sections must appear in IEPs for middle and secondary-age students; although these sections are only required to be completed beginning with the first IEP to be in effect when the student turns age 15 (or younger if deemed appropriate).