Special Education

Transition Requirements and Guidelines

Transition Requirements and Guidelines contains information and internet links about what is required of school districts and agencies in providing transition planning and services.

Federal Regulations pertaining to Summary of Performance - section 300.305(e)(3)

  • Definition of transition services – section 300.43
  • Transition Services in the IEP – section 300.320(b)
  • Summary of Performance - section 300.305(e)(3)
  • Transition Services Participants – section 300.321(b)
  • Alternative Strategies – section 300.324(c)(1)
  • State Rehabilitation Agency – section 300.324(c)(2)
  • Meeting Requirements – section 300.322(b)(2)

Part 200 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

  • Definition of Transition Services - section 200.1(fff)
  • Vocational Assessments - section 200.4(b)(6)(viii)
  • Transition Services in the IEP - section 200.4(d)(2)(ix)
  • Meeting Requirements - section 200.4(d)(4)(c)
  • Participating Agencies - section 200.4(e)(6)
  • Written Notice upon Graduation or Aging Out - section 200.4(i)
  • Student Exit Summary - section 200.4(c)(4)

Memorandum of Understanding - Joint Agreement on the Provision of Transition Services between NYSED’s ACCES-VR and Office of Special Education

Memorandum of Understanding - Joint Agreement on the Coordination of Transition Services between the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commission for the Blind and New York State Education Department's Office of Special Education

Student Exit Summary, field memo, guidance document and preliminary sample form clarify the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and State regulations requirements for the local educational agency (LEA) to provide a student with a disability a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, which must include recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting his or her postsecondary goals.

Guidelines to Allow for the Transfer of Assistive Technology When a Student Moves From School Jurisdiction to Higher Education, Other Human Services Agency or Employment

Model Forms: Student Information Summary and Individualized Education Program (IEP) contains examples of IEP content related to transition planning and services.

The Guide to Quality Individualized Education Program (IEP) Development and Implementation, issued by the New York State Education Department, provides technical assistance to develop instructionally relevant and legally correct IEPs.

The State Performance Plan (SPP) 13 protocol provides the most recent self-review protocol for including transition in the IEP.

The New York State Career Plan records a student’s knowledge and skill attainment related to employability, from elementary school to high school. 

VR Youth in Schools Transition Planning and Services Policy provides a link to the vocational rehabilitation policy describing their work with school-age students.

Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Programexternal link According to the Fair Labor Standards Act is a guide for ensuring that work-based learning programs comply with the provisions in labor law applicable to youth.

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Last Updated: August 22, 2022