Postsecondary Transition for Students on IEPs

An important focus of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) as they get older is postsecondary transition. Postsecondary transition involves considering what a student will be doing - beyond high school - in the areas of living, learning and working and establishing goals and expectations in each of these three areas. In the state of Iowa, IEP teams must begin developing a transition plan for a student when they are turning 14 years of age. Typically, the plan will evolve and get much more specific as a student gets older and closer to leaving high school.

With the onset of Covid-19 and a continuous learning environment, it is important that special education teachers and IEP teams—including students and parents—are able to maintain a strong focus on postsecondary transition no matter if a student is able to attend school face-to-face, in a hybrid environment or is learning virtually full-time. In order to support this process, a state team has developed an interactive document: R2L Support for Secondary Transition Considerations.  

This document addresses all areas of postsecondary transition that are involved in the IEP process and provides multiple resources for both in-person learning and hybrid and virtual environments. Links are provided to tools that will allow for continued assessment, goal writing, progress monitoring and instruction, in addition to activities and supports that would benefit a student as they work toward a successful and productive life beyond high school.

Please take some time to explore the document and the resources it contains. If you have questions regarding postsecondary transition planning for a student on an IEP, please contact Pam Woelber with Northwest Area Education Agency.