Secondary Transition


The mission of Secondary Transition is to ensure that all public education agencies (PEAs) in Arizona are able to receive quality technical assistance in the planning, development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of special education secondary transition services.

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Conference Requirements Summary PSO Training Activities Resources



News Now – January 2017  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

  • 2016-2017 Secondary Transition Regional Training:  Click on the Training Information button above to get the agenda and schedule for this school year’s regional training for all secondary stakeholders.  The final scheduled training is in Phoenix on January 26 & 27.  Please let us know if you would like to host for your area.

  • Arizona Transition News: Sahuarita-UA fellowships focus on grooming locals for teaching jobs.  Sahuarita Unified School District is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Education to identify and groom students from Sahuarita Unified.  Students can be graduates from the district or community members. The one-year fellowship provides students with teacher training, mentoring, classroom experience, and stipends.  Read the article from the Arizona Daily Star here: 
  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Loan Counseling Experiment and New College Completion Toolkit:  Earning a college degree or credential is one of the best investments students can make for themselves and their families. Each year, millions of students enter college, and many of those students receive Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, and other federal financial aid that helps make their educational aspirations a reality. Yet many students lack timely and relevant information about financial aid to guide their borrowing decisions each year; and too many leave college with debt but no degree, significantly increasing their risk of defaulting on their student loans. More information can be found at
  • From NTACT (  
    • A New Feature on NTACT’s Website – You will experience something new when you download certain resources at NTACT’s website now. You’ll need a login! This is not our attempt to slow down your use of all the wonderful resources – it is our attempt to better track data on resource use so that we can continue to improve what we offer. Once you’ve logged in, the site will typically remember you for reduced future hassle.
    • “IDEA Reauthorization: NTACT Seeks Input for Secondary Transition” January 19, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET
      NTACT seeks your input for items and language you would like to see in the important reauthorization of IDEA relative to secondary transition. The webinar will be interactive in that you can provide verbal guidance or respond to policy related prompts via a survey. Click here for registration.
    • An Upcoming Webinar Series from “Think College” – Think College has confirmed their webinars for this coming academic year and would like to invite you to attend! Topics focus on inclusive academic access, financial planning for college, employment supports, and higher education & disability policy. Registration is FREE and includes live participation as well as a link to the recorded webinar for use after the event. REGISTER NOW!
    • New resources on NTACT’s Website – This week, NTACT posted a Brief on alternate diplomas and ESSA, developed with the National Center on Educational Outcomes. View it here: Diploma Brief.  We also posted 4 new Practice Descriptions and Lesson Plans for teaching academic skills. You can find them here Graphic Organizers – Science, Cover, Copy, Compare, Morphological – Reading, and TouchMath.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for updates on products there, as well – and tell your colleagues!
  • Engage young adults in self-monitoring: Even though teaching self-determination is considered a best practice in transition planning for students with intellectual disability, it can be difficult for teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents to transfer control. This TEACHING Exceptional Children article, “Doing it MySELF: A Protocol Supporting Young Adults in Managing Their Behavior,” outlines a protocol (called SELF) for engaging young adults in self-monitoring. SELF stands for “Systematic participation, Empowering to implement, Leading ongoing evaluation, and Follow-up.” The aim of SELF is to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities to identify an interfering behavior, choose a new behavior, and self-evaluate progress towards increasing use of the new behavior without prompting or input from teachers and parents.
  • W.I.O.A. Technical Assistance Circular- The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the publication of Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) 17-01: Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs. This policy guidance is being issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The TAC provides sub-regulatory guidance on the requirements set forth in WIOA related to the implementation and operation of the performance accountability system under section 116 of WIOA and the implementing joint regulations in 20 CFR part 677 (reprinted in 34 CFR parts 361 and 463). A PDF version of TAC 17-01 is now available on the RSA website at this link: TAC-17-01 — “Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs”

  • W.I.O.A. Quick Reference Guides & Webinars: The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) was working to get a draft of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (W.I.O.A.) Final Rules out to the public workforce system. Now, not only are the Final Rules out, but they are published in the Federal Register. There have been a number of quick reference guides and fact sheets produced to go along with these rules (in case you don’t have time to read thousands of pages). To help you understand how to interpret the Final Rules, the U.S. Department of Labor has created a special category of Employment & Training Administration. Events called “WIOA Wednesday.” These special W.I.O.A. webinars–some live, some pre-recorded–will feature subject-matter experts from ETA and WIOA partner agencies who will drill down on a particular rule and how you can best apply them to help support your customers. 
  • News Now Archives:  Do you remember seeing a news article on News Now but don’t see it now? It may have been from a previous month. Click to find previous secondary transition News Now information.


Annual Transition Conference Information

OverviewAugust 24 - 26, 2015













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Secondary Transition Planning Requirements

Click on the buttons below to learn about best practices for completing the secondary transition planning requirements. Please refer to the Keys to Successful Outcomes guidance document developed by ESS / Program Support and Monitoring for compliance requirements in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). In addition, your PEA may have additional or more restrictive requirements so check with your special education director for guidance.

Required Transition Components Overview of Required Transition Components: Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, certain secondary transition components must be included in the IEP. 
 Measurable Postsecondary Goals Measurable Postsecondary Goals (MPGs): Measurable goal statements in the areas of education/training, employment, and when appropriate, independent living are required in the IEP and must be updated annually. 
 Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments

Age-appropriate Transition Assessments: Assessments that provide information on the student’s interests, preferences, strengths, and needs must be administered and used to write achievable, measurable postsecondary goals.

 Coordinated Set of Activities Coordinated Set of Activities: Transition-related services or activities that reasonably enable the student to reach his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be included.
 Course of Study Course of Study: Courses that focus on improving academic and functional achievement to reasonably enable the student to achieve his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be included.
 Aligned Annual IEP Goals Aligned Annual IEP Goals: Annual IEP goals that reasonably enable the student to achieve his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be developed.
 Transfer of Rights Transfer of Rights: A statement informing the student that his or her rights will transfer to the student at age 18 must be present in IEPs by age 17. 
 Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements: 

Measurable postsecondary goals must be updated annually.

Students at least 16 years of age must be invited to the IEP meeting when postsecondary transition services are being discussed.

A representative of another agency that is likely to provide and/or pay for transition services who has been invited to the meeting after consent from the parent or student who has reached the age of majority must be considered.

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Summary of Performance Summary of Performance: A summary of academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations to assist an exiting student in meeting his or her measurable postsecondary goals for students whose eligibility terminates due to graduation from high school with a regular diploma or exceeding the age eligibility for free appropriate public education (FAPE), must be developed. Click on this button to learn more and access resources for completing the summary of performance.

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Post School Outcomes Survey

All Arizona students who had an IEP in effect at the time of exiting high school as a graduate, drop-out, or by aging out will be contacted to take the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey one year after leaving school. Conducting the PSO Survey is the responsibility of the school or district from which the student exited and takes place from June through September each year. Click on the button to learn more about this requirement and access resources for administering the PSO Survey.

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Secondary Transition Training Information

Please contact your ESS Program Specialist or a Secondary Transition Specialist if you are interested in training for you and/or your staff.

Secondary Transition Trainings

The ESS Secondary Transition unit provides training, FREE of cost, in order to assist all members of IEP teams in developing comprehensive, meaningful, and useful IEP transition plans for students with special education needs. Training can be divided into multiple sessions if necessary.  Click on the button to view training topics and descriptions.

Secondary Transition Training Resources Click on the button to view a collection of resources and documents used during secondary transition training.
Secondary Transition Glossary Click on the button to access a resource for common terminology used in the secondary transition planning process by education and agency personnel.
Frequently Asked Questions Click on the button to access answers for frequently asked questions about secondary transition and tips for a variety of special education topics.

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Secondary Transition Activities and Initiatives

stmp-300x163 The College and Career Competency Team Training (CCCTT) project is a collaborative professional development initiative led by the Arizona Department of Education and the University of Kansas, Research Collaboration. The purpose of this project is to support educators as they more systematically and comprehensively develop students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies for increased educational achievement, motivation, and improved post-school outcomes. Click on the button to find out how your district or charter school team can participate FREE of cost in this intensive training initiative!
AZCIS and ECAP An ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic and career goals. The AzCIS (Arizona Career Information System) is designed to provide comprehensive educational, career, and occupational information to help the users in making better-informed career and school choices. The AzCIS is available, FREE of cost, to all public schools in Arizona. Click on the button to learn more about the ECAP and also the AzCIS tool.
Arizona Community of Practice on Transition The Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is a committee dedicated to improving collaboration among secondary transition planning partners. The mission of AZCoPT is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.  The team does this by: informing and educating the public, addressing unmet needs through collaboration, evaluating the transition process and system, articulating and recommending data-driven system improvements (policy and program), and by strengthening local teams by supporting development/expansion, removing barriers, and enhancing creative problem solving. Click on the button to learn more about our work.  You can also contact AZCoPT at [email protected]Check out the NEW AGENCY 101 VIDEOS!!!!
Employment First Employment First encompasses the belief that community-based, integrated employment should be the primary day activity for working age youth and adults with disabilities. Click on the button to learn more about this initiative and view Arizona’s Employment First state plan.
ASPIRE ASPIRE is a five-year, $32.5 million project of the US Department of Education to study youth with disabilities who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income). The goal of this research study is to compare youth and families who access currently available services with youth who receive enhanced services. Arizona is part of the ASPIRE multi-state consortium and ADE / ESS staff implement this project in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Click on the button to learn about the ASPIRE project.

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Secondary Transition Resources and Websites

Links to websites do not imply an endorsement of the materials. Although every effort has been made to ensure that the articles provided herein are accurate and timely, the Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for the materials contained at any website linked to this site. Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Contact Us


Alissa Trollinger, Director
Tel: (602) 542-3855
E-mail: [email protected]

Andi Asel, Transtion Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153
E-mail:  [email protected]
Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195
E-mail: [email protected]

Jay Johnson, PSO Initiatives Specialist
Tel: (520) 638-4719
E-mail: [email protected]

 Kay Schreiber
College and Career Coordinator
Tel: (602) 542-5353
E-mail: [email protected]
Jeannette Zemeida
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
E-mail: [email protected]

Eric Ashenfelter
PSO Initiatives Support
Tel: (602) 542-9412
Fax: (602) 542-5404
E-mail: [email protected]


Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
Physical Location: 3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mailing Address: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin #24, Phoenix, AZ 85007

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