1. What is the current Indicator 13 language?
"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))
2. Is there an approved Checklist for collecting data?
NSTTAC has revised their checklist based on the new language in the indicator. It was finalized on July 9, 2009 and is available at www.nsttac.org under Indicator 13 and www.rrfcnetwork.org under SPP/APR Calendar.
3. Must States submit Indicator 13 data in 2010 for the 2008-2009 school year?
No. According to the Indicator Measurement Table released by OSEP in February, 2009, the FFY 2009 submission, due February 1, 2011 will be used to establish a new baseline for this indicator using 2009-2010 data.
4. Since 2008-2009 data for Indicator13 are not required for submission in the 2010 APR, what should be done about findings of noncompliance for Indicator 13 in the 2007-2008 school year?
Although States are not required to report 2008-2009 data for this indicator in the FFY 2008 APR, States must report on the timely correction of noncompliance reported by the State under this indicator in the FFY 2007 APR.
As provided in the June 1, 2009 APR Response Tables: "The State must report, in its FFY 2008 APR due February 1, 2010, that it has verified that each LEA with noncompliance reported by the State under this indicator in the FFY 2007 APR: (1) is correctly implementing the specific regulatory requirements; and (2) has developed an IEP that includes the required transition content for each individual case of
5. If States have collected data for the 2008-2009 school year, what should they do with those data?
States are not required to report 2008-2009 data in the 2010 APR submission. They may use the data internally for program improvement and wait to report data from the 2009-2010 year in the 2011 APR submission. Any data collected in the 2008-2009 school year may still be calculated and analyzed for professional development and identification of other improvement activities, which may improve the State's future efforts related to these data. If States identified noncompliance in their 2008-2009 data, they must ensure that the noncompliance is corrected in a timely manner and must report on that correction in Indicator 15 in their FFY 2009 APR due February 1, 2011.
If States report their 2008-2009 data in their 2010 APR submission, they may use either the old indicator language or the new indicator language, but they are asked to specify which one they are using in their APR. However, if data are submitted, they will be used by OSEP in making determinations.
6. Can States publicly report data on their website, but not submit it in their 2010 APR?
Yes, but States should clearly identify whether they are reporting data using the old or new indicator language and whether they are reporting trend data.
7. Since it is optional to report 2008-2009 data in 2010, if data are reported what should be done with files found to be in noncompliance with Indicator 13?
Any noncompliance identified in 2008-2009 must be corrected in a timely manner. All States, whether they report 2008-2009 data in 2010, must report on the correction of noncompliance for Indicator13 under Indicator 15 in the FFY 2009 APR due in 2011, as they would for any other identified noncompliance. If States report 2008-2009 data for Indicator13 in 2010, correction of any noncompliance reported for Indicator13 in 2010 would also be addressed under Indicator13 in the FFY 2009 APR due in 2011.
8. If changes are made in the data collection instrument or procedures for Indicator 13 in States, do States need to edit the State Performance Plan?
States will use the State Performance Plan (SPP) template to submit Indicator-13 data in 2011. In the SPP, States must describe the procedures used to collect the Indicator13 data.