What is Indicator 13?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized on December 3, 2020 and its provisions became effective on July 1, 2005. In conjunction with the reauthorization, the U. S. Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs required states to develop six-year State Performance Plans in December, 2005 around 20 indicators, on which data will be submitted annually (beginning February 2007) in Annual Performance Reports.

The 13th Indicator relates to transition services for students:

Percent of youth aged 16 and above with an individualized education program (IEP) that includes coordinated, measurable, annual IEP goals and transition services that will reasonably enable the student to meet the post-secondary goals.” [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B)]

Data Collection Procedures

To help states collect data to meet Indicator 13, NSTTAC has developed the NSTTAC I-13 Checklist. The I-13 Checklist was approved by OSEP on September 8, 2006. While, current monitoring systems may adequately address Indicator 13, the NSTTAC I-13 Checklist is offered as an OSEP-approved resource for states to use for data collection or to compare to their current monitoring system.

In addition, NSTTAC is developing responses to Frequently Asked Questions that may help you as you consider the I-13 Checklist which will be available on this website. If you additional questions please feel free to contact NSTTAC’s project coordinator, Ms. Catherine Fowler via email at chfowler@email.uncc.edu or call us at 704-687-8606, 704-687-6723(tty), 704-687-2916 (fax). If you have specific questions about your state’s monitoring system, please direct these to the OSEP staff.

Finally, NSTTAC is developing an interactive checklist that will include training materials for states that choose to use the NSTTAC I-13 Checklist. The interactive checklist will be available on this website.

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