“The Department encourages districts to prepare all students for Career and College Readiness. The programs, resources, and services included in these guidelines demonstrate best practices in serving Students with Disabilities as they transition from secondary to post-secondary activities.” Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner
The Tennessee Department of Education Transition Services website is designed to provide resources, information and technical assistance to facilitate a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
Closing the Achievement Gap:
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment:
Postsecondary Education and Training
Secondary Transition Consultants provide information, training and technical assistance to stakeholders and others interested in the secondarytransition process. Additionally, TDOE provides professional development and technical assistance by way of contractual arrangements with the following entities:
Developed for use with a wide range of student academic and vocational abilities and based on the principles of self-determination, the Self Advocacy curriculum helps students discern their interests and abilities, learn more about post-secondary options, make choices and decisions, and chart a career and life course into their future. Teachers, guidance counselors and others who take the curriculum training will be expected to deliver a program of classroom instruction using the Self Advocacy curriculum, conduct the class within a 9-week period, use the pre-tests and post-tests to generate data and report the data to the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment.
Getting into college, beginning career training, or starting a new job can be challenging. But even the most difficult barriers can be overcome with the right information. Supported by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, Center staff can assist students, teachers and school systems with these challenges by providing assistance with:
Annual Performance Report
In accordance with Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) each State must have in place a long range State Performance Plan (SPP) that evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of the IDEA and describes how the State will improve such implementation over a 6 year period. Additionally, each State must report annually on the State’s performance through a report called the Part B Annual Performance Report (APR) which includes information/measures on each State’s grad rate, dropout rate, state assessment, discipline, LRE, preschool, parent input, eligibility timelines, high school transition and dispute resolution.
The four indicators that relate to Secondary Transition are:
Tennessee College and Career Planning System (KUDER) http://www.planningyourdreams.org/
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition www.ncset.org
Evidence-Based Dropout-Prevention Programs http://www.dropoutprevention.org/
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) www.nsttac.org
National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO) www.psocenter.org
The National Collaborative on Youth and Workforce Development http://www.ncwd-youth.info/
Southeast TACE – Region IV http://www.tacesoutheast.org