The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized on December 3, 2004 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 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))
Data are not required for submission on this Indicator (due to the changes) until February, 2011.
An updated Checklist and additional supporting documents will be available in later summer, 2009 from NSTTAC
The most current guidance on this and all SPP/APR Indicators is available at http://therightidea.org/ at the SPP/APR Calendar link.
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 email@example.com or call us at 704-687-8606, 704-687-6723(tty), 704-687-1625 (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.