Special Education

Transition Implementation Tools

This section provides information or internet links to help with putting an effective transition process into place in your school or community. Included are how-to guides and checklists.


Secondary Transition Collectionexternal link is a compilation of resources created by the IDEA partnership.  It includes information about secondary transition as well as dialogue guides designed to facilitate conversations among stakeholders.

Skills and Tasks for Jobs:  A SCANS Report for America 2000external link  (SCANS - The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) This report prepared for the Department of Labor presents information describing the essential skills students require when they enter the workforce.

Teaching the SCANS Competenciesexternal link- This report provides information that will assist educators with including the SCANS competencies in the classroom.

Workplace Essential Skillsexternal link is a report providing resources beneficial to teaching the SCANS skills and competencies.

Career and Technical Education can assist students to obtain practical, job-related skills while still in high school.

Career and Technical Skills Achievement Profile is a model Profile for students with disabilities who are pursuing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Diploma. The Profile documents a student's attainment of career and technical knowledge and skills; work-related skills and certification or licenses and was jointly developed by the Offices of Curriculum and Instructional Support and Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID). (Please note: the profile should now be used for students aged 15-21.)

NYSED Approved Work Based Learning Programs describes work based learning programs approved by the New York State Education Department.

Career Zoneexternal link provides tools to use in career exploration, resumé writing and job searching.

High School/High Tech Programsexternal link provides opportunities for youth with disabilities to explore careers in science, math and technology.

Conducting a Level I Career Assessment a guide to implementing the Level 1 vocational assessment, including directions and forms.  NOTE:  this is being updated right now and will need to be replaced.

A Compendium of P-16 Partnerships and Collaborationsexternal link is a 2008 listing of some of the coordinated programs that exist between schools and local Colleges and Universities.  These partnerships allow students to benefit from a coordinated high school to college connection.

Transition Planning Timeline is a reference list indicating key ages to address typical transition planning needs.

Transition Quality Indicators (TQI)external linkis a checklist now available on-line assisting schools in assessing the quality of their transition programs and services as a means of developing strategic plans for improvement. 

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Educationexternal link:  A Guide for High School Educators is a resource published by the Office for Civil Rights that highlights the differences between the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in the high school setting and the postsecondary setting.  Practical suggestions are provided to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities between these settings.

Effective Practices: Transition Planning and Services provides information on effective practices for students with disabilities engaged in the transition process.


National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center external link(NSTTAC) is a national Technical Assistance and Dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This Technical Assistance Center helps states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for students with disabilities and disseminates information and provides technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices with an emphasis on building and sustaining state-level infrastructures of support and district-level demonstrations of effective transition methods for students with disabilities.

National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)external link Funded by OSEP, NPSO's mission is to help state educational agencies establish practical and rigorous data collection systems that will measure and profile the post-school experiences of youth with disabilities. The results will be used for national, state, and local reporting and-most importantly-to guide and improve transition services to this population. 

National Dropout Prevention Centerexternal link for Students with Disabilities assists in building states’ capacity to increase school completion rates.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)external link coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for students with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures and is funded by OSEP.


This website from PACERexternal link center describes the problem-solving process used to help individuals with disabilities plan for their future.

Person-Centered Planningexternal link is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disabilities.

I’m Determinedexternal link is a website created by the Virginia Department of Educaiton Self-Determination project.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Some of the documents posted on this server contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user's convenience. The New York State Education Department does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.

Last Updated: June 4, 2014