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Postsecondary Transition

What is Postsecondary Transition Planning?

Transition planning is a coordinated set of activities focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of a student with disabilities to promote the student's movement from school to life after high school. 

For students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), the student and their families work with their IEP team to create measurable postsecondary goals, a student’s vision for adult life. 

Just like annual IEP goals, postsecondary goals in a transition plan must be written with a result in mind or you have to be able to know if the goals have been met or accomplished.

The IEP team will carry out the plan so the student has opportunities to learn the skills they need to achieve their postsecondary goals. 

When Does Transition Planning Occur?

For students with disabilities in Ohio, formal transition planning occurs when the student turns 14:

“In Ohio, students with disabilities ages 14 or younger, if appropriate, formally enter into the secondary transition planning process. A truly successful transition process is the result of comprehensive planning that is driven by the student’s preferences, interests, needs, and strengths. This comprehensive planning moves students toward successful future outcomes in competitive, integrated employment, education, and independent living.


The transition planning process occurs annually until the student exits school services. 

Information About Postsecondary Transition

There is many resources and information available to families in regard to the process of Postsecondary Transition. 

Below are some resources to help families of Postsecondary Transition age youth understand the process and how to be an involved member of your student's IEP team when planning for transition goals and activities.