Transition Plans: A must for your child’s IEP

Your child’s IEP should include a transition element beginning Education Advocacy Sizedat the age of 16 (or earlier, if appropriate). The transition element should include appropriate measurable postsecondary goals and the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals (20 U.S. Code §1414(b)(1)(A)(i)(VIII)).

OSPI outlines six steps the school district should take when creating a transition plan:

  • Conduct transition assessments (formal and/or informal).
  • Develop appropriate and measureable post-secondary goals based on transition assessment data.
  • Identify individualized transition services that will support the student’s goals.
  • Write a relevant course of study that takes into consideration what types of classes your student should plan to take during the remainder of their time in the school system to support her/his identified post-secondary goals.
  • Coordinate services with Adult Service agencies that your student might utilize after s/he is no longer eligible for education services.
  • Write IEP goals to support the post-secondary goals identified for your student.