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 – July 2016

  • From ADE Secondary Transition: The secondary transition team is excited to welcome three new members!!  
    • Angela Odom – Secondary Transition Specialist.  Angela comes to ADE from Deer Valley Unified School District where she was an Intervention Specialist.  Prior to DVUSD she was a monitoring specialist at ADE.  Angela brings a wealth of knowledge about transition and compliance as well as great energy!
    • Jay Johnson – PSO Initiatives Specialist.  Jay may be familiar to many in the southern part of the state.  Jay has been a monitoring specialist out of the ADE Tucson office.  Jay is very knowledgeable about compliance and district operations. Jay is regarded as a skilled presenter with a passion for supporting the needs of schools and personnel through comprehensive professional development and technical assistance.
    • Eric Ashenfelter – PSO Initiatives Support.  Eric has a background in all things “technology” and has already made an impact in data collection and analysis.  Eric provides customer service support for the Post School Outcomes Survey via the website, online survey tool, and the PSO inbox.  
  • 2016-2017 Secondary Transition Regional Training:  Click here or on the Training Information button above to get the agenda and schedule for this school year’s regional training for all secondary stakeholders.  
  • AzTAP’s Open-Ended, Long Term Device Loan Program: Older, but still useful Assistive Technology devices are available to individuals, families, or organizations for ongoing use! AzTAP has restructured its process to make it easier to get these older devices. Items available for long term loan are now listed on the AzTAP websiteFREE DEVICES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE A.T. EXCHANGE!
  • Final Rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Announced: The Rehabilitation Services Administration is proud to announce the posting of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) final rules.  The final rules, along with several guidance documents, are available on the RSA website at RSA Final Rules.
  • Labor Force Announces Grants Available: Hoping to remove some of the obstacles that Americans with disabilities may face in their search for employment, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $15.6 million in grants intended to increase the participation of youth and adults with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. For more information please read the Department of Labor New Release.
  • Minimum Wage: The Unites States Department of Labor offers information on Minimum Wage and Overtime Premium Pay Standards Applicable to Nonsupervisory NONFARM Private Sector Employment for both states and jurisdictions.  States with minimum wage rates below, at or above the federal minimum wage are identified; states that have a special minimum wage rate or that do not have minimum wage laws are also identified. Information updated January 2016. For more information please visit the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD).
  • ApprenticeshipUSA: ApprenticeshipUSA offers employers in every industry the tools to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business. For workers, ApprenticeshipUSA offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. ApprenticeshipUSA exemplifies high standards, instructional rigor and quality training. Whether you are an employer looking to hire, train or retain a skilled workforce, or a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation, ApprenticeshipUSA will help you achieve your goals. For more information please visit the AprenticeshipUSA.
  • The Mindset Kit: The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help you teach and foster adaptive beliefs about learning. Click here for this valuable resource for teachers and parents.
  • Picture Your Life Academy:  Learn to speak for yourself, make decisions, and be your own best advocate! Sign up for as many sessions as you want. Reasonable Accommodations provided upon request. Trainings are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch served) at DIRECT Center for Independence: 1001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711.  Click here for the schedule that run through August 2.
  • Employment First Webinar:  The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program will be sponsoring a webinar on July 13 from 12:00 – 1:30 (AZ) entitled The Implications of WIOA for Seamless Transition for Youth with Significant Disabilities.  The Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act of 2014 (WIOA) has the potential to significantly improve the adult employment prospects of youth with significant disabilities. However, this potential hinges on whether WIOA partners are focused on those activities and services which have been proven to contribute to successful and seamless transition from school to adult employment. This session discusses these activities and services and the role WIOA can play in facilitating seamless transition to employment of students and youth with significant disabilities. A particular focus will be on the new Pre-Employment Transition Services under WIOA, and the enhanced role of workforce development youth services.  Click on this link for access to the webinar.
  • Person Centered Planning Toolkit: Check out the resources available from Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Arizona.  The desire of the Sonoran UCEDD is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the tools necessary to achieve greater independence and interdependence while at the same time respecting their rights and preferences.This toolkit has been designed to be used by individuals with developmental disabilities, and agency personnel and the families with whom they work. 
  • Explore [email protected] [email protected] is here to help job seekers like you. [email protected] has the services and programs you need to find, prepare for and keep the right job. Every day, they help people all around Arizona—of all ages and skill levels—connect with employment opportunities in a variety of industries. So… let’s get to work!
  • Career Readiness Online Modules: This course will help users improve basic skills for job readiness.  The career development process includes awareness, exploration, preparation, and application of those skills, culminating in life-long career management. Click here to view.
  • NTACT News
  • 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: Education, Engagement, Employment

August 29—31, 2016

Talking Stick Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona



Last Year’s Conference

August 24 - 26, 2015August 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/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 [email protected]
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 the Transition Specialist assigned to your county. 

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]
Angela Odom, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-7882
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) 542-3855
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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