Secondary Transition


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.

News Now – November, 2015

  • WELCOME to the new Secondary Transition website!!  The site has been updated to include easy-to-access information on Indicator 13 IEP transition planning components,  ADE training topics, transition-related activities and initiatives, and resources for all.  Be sure to check the buttons below for new resources!
  • NEW Employment First Website!  The LEAD Center has launched the national Employment First website.  The LEAD Center is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to improving employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people with disabilities. 
  • National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) – Click here for the latest information in the NTACT Notes.
  • Secondary Transition Regional Training is back!!  Please click on the Secondary Transition Training button below for additional information.
    • NOTE:  The training scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd in Yuma has been moved to Bullhead Elementary School District.
  • Secondary Transition Resources – Be sure to check out the updates on the Secondary Transition Training Resources button below.  New resources and articles are being added as we get them!
  • Testing Accommodations from the US Department of Justice, Civil rights Division:  This publication provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, which include private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes. Who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.

Annual Transition Conference Information

August 24 - 26, 2015

August 24 – 26, 2015

August 25 - 27, 2014

August 25 – 27, 2014


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..

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.

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 here to view training topics and descriptions.

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

Secondary Transition Activities and Initiatives

STMP/CCRTT Project ADE/ESS, in partnership with Research Collaboration at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, offers funding and training to selected interdisciplinary teams of educators from across Arizona. The Secondary Transition Mentoring Project / College and Career Readiness Team Training (STMP/CCRTT) Project provides systematic professional development that promotes college and career readiness for all students. Click on this link 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 here to learn more about the ECAP and also the AzCIS tool.
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 here to learn more about this requirement and to access resources for administering the PSO Survey.
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 here to learn more about our work.  You can also contact AZCoPT at
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 here 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 for Children, Youth, and Families . Click here to learn about the ASPIRE project.


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

Click here for a map of Transition Specialists’ County Assignments.

Area Responsibilities

 Andi Asel
Tel: (602) 542-3153
 Ana Núñez
Tel: (602) 542-4195
Susan Voirol
Tel: (602) 542-7882
 Kay Schreiber
(College and Career Coordinator)
Tel: (602) 542-5353
Jeannette Zemeida
(Administrative Assistant)
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
Sophia Estrella
(Administrative Assistant)
Tel: (602) 542-9412
Fax: (602) 542-5404