Resources & Guidance

NTACT provides resources and guidance in the following areas:

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Transition Planning

Guidance for student-centered transition planning, education, and services. Resources include online modules, toolkits, checklists, practice descriptions, lesson plans, work-based learning experience guidance, and resources for students. Video Overview

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Effective practices for keeping students with disabilities engaged in school, on-track for graduation, and for re-engagement. Resources include practice guides, research syntheses, and data collection tools.

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Post-school Success

Practices, programs, and skills for success in college, careers, and community. Resources include program assessments, guidance for collaboration, and practice descriptions.

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Data Analysis & Use

Collecting quality data for meaningful program improvement focused on secondary education and services for students with disabilities. Resources focus on both federal data collection and reporting requirements and school, program, and community data use.

Effective Practices and Predictors

NTACT disseminates resources to guide practice that are developed from the best available evidence of effectiveness. Throughout our website resources developed directly from the research are indicated as Evidence-Based, Research-Based, or Promising.
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Evidence-Based Practices

  • demonstrates a strong record of success for improving outcomes
  • uses rigorous research designs
  • adheres to indicators of quality research
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Research-Based Practices

  • demonstrates a sufficient record of success for improving outcomes
  • uses rigorous research designs
  • may adhere to indicators of quality research
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Promising Practices

  • demonstrates some success for improving outcomes
  • may use rigorous research designs
  • may adhere to indicators of quality research
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Unestablished Practices

  • demonstrate limited success for improving outcomes
  • is based on unpublished research, anecdotal evidence, or professional judgment


NTACT hosts "toolkits" of resources on a variety of topics, related to secondary education and services for students with disabilities and the capacity building associated with improving such education and services. These toolkits provide an overview and then step-by-step guidance and resources on the specific topic. In this section you'll find resources on content such as competitive integrated employment, or transition assessment; as well as strategies such as planning and implementing evaluation of your work, or hosting a transition fair. Take a look!

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Competitive Integrated Employment

A dynamic toolkit of guidance and resources, providing a framework to assist State and local teams in collaboratively implementing transition services to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities.

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A collection of guidance and specific examples for state and local teams to use to improve their programs and services by determining what is working, what is not working, and what needs to be changed or replicated.

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Interagency Agreement

Guidance on the development of the formal interagency agreement between the vocational rehabilitation and education agencies as part of the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

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Postsecondary Education and Training

Intended as a resource for any student with a disability, family member, service provider, or educator of a student with a disability, to consider options and plan for PSET access and success.

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Team Leader Sustainability

Guidance to assist state and local transition team leaders as they effective build, implement, and sustain team plans to improve services for secondary students with disabilities. The toolkit provides guidance on team structures and planning to sustain the work through turnover and policy changes.

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Transition Assessment

Now in its fourth edition, the toolkit overviews the purposes and process of transition assessment and provides guidance for practitioners in selecting and using formal and informal assessments to help students and families plan for their future after high school. 

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Transition Fair

A practical guide, including descriptions and detailed planning tools, for local educators and leaders who are thinking about, in the process of, or looking to improve a transition fair.

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Transition Institute

A transition institute is a strategy for building capacity in a state to improve practice. It integrates professional development, data-based decision making, and collaborative strategic planning. This toolkit guides a state team through every step in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of statewide transition institutes.