State Performance Plan
Monitoring Priority: Effective Transition
Indicator 13 - Secondary Transition
What is Indicator 13 and why is it important to students?
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 intent of the thirteenth indicator is to provide states with a way to measure how well they are doing in addressing high school transition, a process which facilitates the movement of students toward their postsecondary goals.
"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 age appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including course 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 must also 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."
Data Collection Procedures
Each year, the TEA collects data from school districts through a sampling process to determine how well transition is being addressed. The results of data collected for this indicator are reported in the Annual Performance Report. For data collection resources, click on Indicator 13 Data Collection on the left side menu.