2019 Summer School Session 4
Meeting Post-Secondary Transition Goals

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ISSN: 1538-320
August 6, 2019

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Summer School Series

Wrightslaw Summer School 2019 is a series of self-study readings, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the next school year.

In Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3, you learned that Section 1400(c)(14) requires transition services to promote successful post-school employment and/or education.

Post-school outcomes for your child?

  • vocational programming, job training
  • further education, college, community college
  • employment
  • community services, independent living, self-sufficiency

Based on your child's needs, interests, and preferences, the transition plan should include coordinated goals and services to help him easily move to post-school activities, postsecondary education, vocational training, employment, or independent living.

In this issue, Summer School Session 4, you will learn about diploma options and requirements. Find out what the IEP team should consider, including the SOP. Learn how to effectively advocate for successful transition.

We hope you will forward this series to other friends, families, or colleagues.


Diploma Path or Certificate Track?

What graduation track is your child on? You need to learn about diploma options and requirements.

Find out what diploma is appropriate for your child, what the IEP team should consider, and what parents can do to keep graduation expectations high.


Summary of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

When your child graduates from high school with a regular diploma or ages out of special education, IDEA requires the school to provide a summary of academic achievement and functional performance.

The Summary of Performance (SOP) is most useful when completed during the transition IEP process. The SOP should include recommendations about ways to help meet post-secondary goals.


Aging Out of Special Education

  • When does a child age out of special education?
  • If a student turns 21 in August aren’t they entitled to another year of school that began on July 1st?

The age when children age out of special education eligibility differs from state to state - the upper age limit varies depending on state law.


Homework Assignment: Quiz

1. Review the articles, information, and resources at Transition, Transition Services, and Transition Planning.

2. Summary of Performance (SOP) - Take the Quiz.

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