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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News Now – February 2016

  • Community College & University Disability Resource Centers Event:  Are you a youth or young adult with a disability, or someone that works with youth and young adults with disabilities? Are you thinking about attending a college or university after exiting high school? Are you aware of the services that may be available to individuals with disabilities while attending a postsecondary institute? If this sounds of interest to you, then we hope you are able to take advantage of this great learning opportunity!

    On THURSDAY, February 25, 2016, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rehabilitation Administration Services/Vocational Rehabilitation (RSA/VR) has put together an opportunity for you to hear and learn from various Community College and University Disability Resource Centers (DRCs) from across Arizona.

    The presentation will occur live at the Phoenix location below, however you can participate by video conference at the other sites.

    Please RSVP to Janis Heath at if you are able to attend. 

    Phoenix 515 N. 51st Ave., #902A Phoenix, AZ  85043 Telephone: (602) 771-9169
    Tucson 4710 East 29th St., Bldg. 12       Tucson, AZ  85711 Telephone: (520) 790-0787
    Flagstaff 1704 N. 4th St. Flagstaff, AZ  86001  
    Kingman       519 East Beale St., Suite 130 Kingman, AZ  86401      Telephone: (928) 753-5105
    Yuma 1185 Redondo Center Dr., 429D     Yuma, AZ  85365 Telephone: (928) 247-8880
    Douglas 1140 F Avenue Douglas, AZ  85607 Telephone: (520) 364-4446
    Gilbert 2328 W. Guadalupe Rd., Bldg. 1 Gilbert, AZ  85233 Telephone: (480) 820-5629
  • WIOA Update:  When will the final regulations for WIOA be published?
    The Departments of Labor and Education, in collaboration with other Federal partner agencies, published five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) in April 2015.  In addition, the Departments and other Federal partner agencies published several proposed new Information Collection Requests (ICRs) in summer 2015 to inform stakeholders of new data elements that would need to be reported under WIOA.  As a result of these publications, the Departments received thousands of public comments, all of which must be considered in the development of final rules and ICRs.  The Federal agencies have been diligently working on the analysis of all comments in order to develop final regulations, ICRs, and policies that are consistent with the requirements of WIOA, as well as other authorizing laws for the affected programs.  Given the complexity of these issues, the Departments are working toward making the final regulations publicly available in June 2016. The Departments intend to provide necessary information about the requirements imposed by WIOA and the forthcoming regulations as soon as possible through guidance, notification of information collection requirements, and technical assistance, and by making the regulations available on their websites when they are sent to the Federal Register.
  • NTACT and take over for NSTTAC:  The grant funding for the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) expired on December 31, 2015.  The new grant, funded by OSEP, created the National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT).  The NTACT website,, now houses the information and research previously found on  
  • News Now Archives:  Click here to find previous secondary transition News Now announcements.

Annual Transition Conference Information

Arizona’s Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference

Trending in Transition: Engagement, Experience, Employment

August 29—31, 2016

Talking Stick Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your hard work at Arizona’s Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference, being held August 29—31, 2016 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale! The Planning Committee is looking for innovative programs, promising practices, inspiring collaborations, and motivational students or personnel to present at this year’s conference. The deadline for proposals is Monday, February 15, 2016. Contact Jeannette Zemeida at with questions.

The conference is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight creative and inspirational artwork created by students with disabilities. If your student’s artwork is selected for the cover of the conference brochure (and to be used as the THEME), the student and his or her family members are eligible for a scholarship that covers registration and lodging costs (outside of the general Maricopa County area). The deadline for cover artwork submissions is Thursday, March 3, 2016. Contact Andi Asel at with questions.

Full information and web links can be found below. We hope to see YOUR work and the work of YOUR students at the conference!


Arizona’s Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference Planning Committee is pleased to invite secondary transition stakeholders to submit proposals for breakout sessions at this year’s transition conference. Please visit the 2016 Transition Conference website,, for additional information and directions for submitting a proposal. The entry submission deadline is Monday, February 15, 2016.


Arizona’s Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference Planning Committee is seeking artwork designed by students with IEPs for this year’s conference brochure cover. Any student currently enrolled in an Arizona public education agency (PEA) or approved private school who is identified with a disability and is between the ages of 14 and 22 is eligible to submit an entry. Please visit the 2016 Transition Conference website,, for additional information and directions for submitting artwork for consideration. The entry submission deadline is Thursday, March 3, 2016.

August 24 - 26, 2015

August 24 – 26, 2015

August 25 - 27, 2014

August 25 – 27, 2014


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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/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 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
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.

Youth & Young Adult Parent and Guardian Resources District, Charter and Private Day Schools
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Contact Us

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

Area Responsibilities

Alissa Trollinger, Director
Tel: (602) 542-3855

 Andi Asel, Transtion Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153

Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195
Susan Voirol, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-7882
 Kay Schreiber
College and Career Coordinator
Tel: (602) 542-5353

Lorrie Sheehy
PSO Initiatives Specialist
Tel: (520) 628-6351
E-mail: Lorrie

Jeannette Zemeida
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
Sophia Estrella
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (602) 542-9412
Fax: (602) 542-5404

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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