Transition Planning

The Nashoba Regional School District works to ensure that students have a post-secondary plan when they exit high school. Planning for the transition to adult life depends on a variety of factors including the nature and severity of the disability along with the student’s vision. For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when students turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until a student graduates or turns 22, students on IEPs receive transition services through their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results oriented process to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school. School districts must use the Transition Planning Form to record the results of this annual discussion. The student’s IEP must include measurable post-secondary transition goals, objectives and services based upon an appropriate assessment of his or her disability and transition needs.