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.

The Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference will take place August 24-26, 2015. Visit the 2015 Transition Conference website to download the Call for Papers and Call for Artwork.

A list of available secondary transition trainings is available here.  Please see the map below for contact information for your area.

Please visit the 2014 Transiton Conference website –

Required Components of Transition

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, the following components must be included in the IEP:

  • Measurable Postsecondary Goals (MPGs) – Measurable goal statements in the areas of education/training, employment, and when appropriate, independent living
  • Updated Annually – MPGs updated annually
  • Based on Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments – Assessments provide information on the student’s strengths, needs, preferences, and interests and are used to write achievable, measurable postsecondary goals
  • Transition Services = Coordinated Set of Activities – Transition-related services or activities that reasonably enable the student to achieve his/her MPGs
  • Transition Services = Course of Study – Courses that focus on improving academic and functional achievement to reasonably enable the student to achieve his/her MPGs
  • Annual Goals – Annual IEP goals that reasonably enable the student to achieve his/her MPGs
  • Student Invitation – Students at least 16 years of age must be invited to the IEP meeting when postsecondary transition services are being discussed
  • Outside Agency Invitation (with prior consent) – 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

Additional postsecondary transition components include:

  • Transfer of Rights at Age of Majority – A statement informing the student that his/her rights will transfer to the student at age 18 (must be present in IEPs by age 17)
  • Summary of Performance (SoP) – A summary of academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations to assist an exiting student in meeting his/her MPGs for students whose eligibility terminates due to graduation from high school with a regular diploma or due to exceeding the age eligibility for FAPE under State law

Event Announcements & What’s New

  • The Arizona Employment First Strategic Planning Committee recorded a webinar on April 29, 2015, to provide an update on the work the Committee has been involved in over the past year. Members of the Planning Committee presented an overview of the draft Strategic Plan key directions developed from the input received from stakeholders who attended a series of Community Forums held across the state in 2014.  Click here for more information.
  • Call for Papers and Call for Artwork have been posted to the 2015 Transition Conference website.
  • Post School Outcomes Survey
  • Arizona Disability Benefits Calculator – 
  • Arizona ECAP and the IEP
  • Secondary Transition Mentoring Project / College and Career Readiness Team Training Project (STMP/CCRTT Project) has a new website!  Please visit the new STMP/CCRTT page.

Resources and Websites

Click on the links below for additional secondary transition services resources.

ADE/ESS Secondary Transition list of available trainings if you are interested in hosting one of these trainings at your school, please contact a transition specialist.

Transition Training Resources Padlet

Public Education Agency Resources
Technical Assistance Centers
Career & Assessment Resources
Youth Resources
Transition Resources
Post School Outcomes Survey Resources
State Agency Websites
Parent Resources

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