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Transition planning officially begins between the ages of 14 and 16 for most students with an IEP. However, the process is lifelong. This section of NTACT's website provides resources and tools to guide the process of transition planning - encompassing assessment and skill development to plan for success beyond school.


  • Resources
    LAST UPDATED: 09/18/2020

    A Birth to Adult View of Transition Education and Services (PDF)
    is a research-based flow-chart of considerations for transition education and services, as well as possible outcome measures along the way from birth until after high school, developed by The Early Childhood Transition Assistance Center and NTACT. Age Appropriate

    Transition Assessment Toolkit (PDF)
    Quality transition planning is student centered and student driven. The initial step is gathering information regarding a students’ current strengths, needs, preferences, and interests in the context of “of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social environments”, (Sitlington, Neubert, and Leconte, 1997). 

    Moving from Assessment to Practice (PDF)
    provides guidance for practitioners as they consider transition assessment data to intentionally embed evidence-based predictors and practices in the services and instruction provided for students in middle and high school.
    The Summary of Performance is required (IDEA, 2004) and intended to provide a student with a summary of their academic and functional performance to assist the young person in accessing services and resources to achieve their postsecondary goals.

    Annotated Bibliography on the Summary of Performance (PDF)
    A couple of examples of SOP forms (PDF Example 1  and PDF Example 2) provide more information on this important aspect of the transition planning process.

  • Quality Transition Planning is a Process
    LAST UPDATED: 09/18/2020

    Collecting data from informal or formal assessments of students strengths, needs, preferences and Interests over time from multiple stakeholders regarding (a} academic skills, (b) career interests and aptitudes, (c) self-determination skills and opportunities, and (d) independent living skills.

  • Transition Planning Process
    LAST UPDATED: 12/19/2018

    Resources to guide Transition Planning from elementary into post-secondary. Includes guidance documents and frameworks.

  • Indicator 13
    LAST UPDATED: 07/26/2018

     "Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student's transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority." (20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B))


  • Transition Assessment Toolkit
    LAST UPDATED: 12/19/2018

    Now in its fourth addition, 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. 

  • Implementing Quality Transition Services
    LAST UPDATED: 12/19/2018

    Numerous resources and tools to assist in Transition Planning and services.