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




Call for papers for the 17th Annual Transition Conference has been extended to February 21, 2017.

News Now – February 2017  

  • Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference

    Ready to Launch! Countdown to Success

    August 28—30, 2017

    Talking Stick Resort

    Scottsdale, Arizona



    Arizona’s Seventeenth 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 2017 Transition Conference website,, for additional information and directions for submitting a proposal. The entry submission has been extended to Tuesday, February 21st, 2017.

    CALL FOR ARTWORK from Students with IEPs to Design Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference Brochure Cover

    Arizona’s Seventeenth 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 2017 Transition Conference website,, for additional information and directions for submitting artwork for consideration. The entry submission deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017.

  • Post School Outcomes (PSO) 2016 Survey Results Webinar – Registration is now open  The Arizona Department of Education Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) invites you to attend a one-hour webinar presenting the results of the most recent Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. The PSO Team wants to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 PSO Data collection process. Your contributions supported Arizona in exceeding the state goal of reaching 70% or better, and ended the collection season with a 75% participation rate and an overall 75% student engagement rate. Results from this survey include data collected during the summer of 2016 on students who received special education services and graduated, aged-out, or dropped out of school during the 2014–2015 school year. The PSO team will share and review the statewide results, which offer a detailed reflection of various sub-groups and the similarities and differences in their engagement rates. The results will include further insight on the engagement status of the exiters.  In order to determine if students from your school have results similar to those throughout the state, the PSO team will also explain the importance, as well as the process of how to access your individualized PSO results by district and/or campus. A major objective of the webinar is to have participants understand what state and local results indicate and how to use PSO Survey results as part of an ongoing data-based decision-making process.

    Registration is easy. Simply click on the date corresponding to the webinar you would like to attend. It is hyperlinked to the registration page.

    All are welcome to attend, and the ADE/ESS encourages all PEAs that participated in the 2016 PSO Survey to attend a webinar. For questions, please contact

  • Newly Published Transition Guide: The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.   This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce. This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:

    • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
    • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act;
    • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
    • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

    We recognize the significance of collaborative partnerships and hope that the information in this guide will assist students and youth with disabilities and their families in developing and pursuing their goals for adult life.  Additionally,  this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

  • Rural districts: Be creative to find jobs, transition services for students with disabilities:  An internship at a local employer can be a great way for a student with a disability to gain workplace skills. But what if the closest employer is 30 to 60 miles from your school? That’s the challenge for transition teams at Salamanca City Central School District, a rural district in western New York, says Director of Pupil Personnel Services Kristin Dudek. For many students in the district, even traveling outside the zip code is rare, she says. It’s especially important for rural districts to provide appropriate transition services, as students with disabilities may not have other opportunities to get exposure to a work environment during high school, notes Cynthia Paradis, a special education teacher at a small high school in rural Maine. One solution is to seek out opportunities to link students with jobs or mentors within your district, Dudek says. Ask yourself: How can we get students exposure to work? Who can work with them?

  • Sunnyside District Transition Resource Event February 7, 2017 (5-7 pm): Come join the WorkAbility team for an evening of exploring employment resources in Tucson. Learn the facts, talk to agencies, and explore your options.  The following organizations attending this event: DIRECT Center for Independence, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, Garden Kitchen and Pima County One-Stop. We will have light snacks and opportunities to connect.  Sunnyside District families RSVP to: Debra Edwards, Transition Specialist Desert View HS at  or call 520-545-5148, Kathryn Niazi, Transition Specialist Sunnyside HS at or call 520-545-5336.  Outside District RSVP to: Hannah Woelke at or call 520-344-8241

  • High School to College Transition:  A Pima Perspective February 17, 2017 (1:30-5:00 pm): Event includes:  IEPs for the Transitioning Student, Student panels, and Faculty panels.  This event is for high school and VR professionals who work with students with disabilities who are making the transition to college.  For more information contact Tony Taylor Program Specialist, Access and Disability Resources, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus (520) 206-2209 or email

  • From NTACT

    • “Competitive Integrated Employment Products & Tools:  An NTACT/ WINTAC Infomercial” February 9, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. AZ  NTACT has partnered with practitioners in the field and the WINTAC to develop Competitive Integrated Employment resources. The focus of the resources is planning and implementing employment preparation activities for secondary students with disabilities. The resources are intended for practitioners in education, vocational rehabilitation, other services, employers, families, and youth. We look forward to walking through them with you
      Click here for registration.
    • “A Response Prompting for Employment” Join 20 people from across the country to LERN online – how to provide high quality response prompting to young adults with disabilities in employment settings.

      – 2 weeks (less than 1 hr/day) & full

      – Learn how to effectively use a hierarchy of prompts

      – See video examples

      – Use the strategy so fewer and less intrusive prompts are needed

      – Receive expert Coaching from Dawn Rowe & Valerie Mazzotti

      – Network with peers to implement the strategy

      Who?  * job coaches  *paraprofessionals  *teachers  *employment specialists  *VR personnel *anyone interested in learning this strategy!

       When?  February 27 – March 10

      Maximum registrants?  20

      Questions? Contact Dana Lattin 

      Get More Info & Register

    • “Career Counseling for Students with Severe & Complex Disabilities”  March 9, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET  Join staff from the national technical assistance centers on this webinar on strategies and services to counsel students with high support needs regarding career preparation and planning. Click here for registration.

    • Webinar Series  “Unlocking Potential: Promoting Strengths and Inspiring Success”  This webinar series, sponsored by the National Community of Practice on Secondary Transition in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, will examine current effective practices in Secondary Transition for students with disabilities. The series of three topics will address and connect several elements of effective transition planning, all of which contribute to students reaching their post-secondary goals. Please see attached flyer for more information.

  • 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 azcopt@azed.govCheck 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

Andi Asel, Transtion Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153
Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195

Jay Johnson, PSO Initiatives Specialist
Tel: (520) 638-4719

 Kay Schreiber
College and Career Coordinator
Tel: (602) 542-5353
Jeannette Zemeida
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404

Eric Ashenfelter
PSO Initiatives Support
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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