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Beyond Perkins. Addressing the Needs of Students with Special Needs. CTAE/OEC Statewide Task Force. Created to address issues and questions in the field and to determine what most needed to be accomplished

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beyond perkins
Beyond Perkins
  • Addressing the Needs of Students with Special Needs
ctae oec statewide task force
CTAE/OEC Statewide Task Force
  • Created to address issues and questions in the field and to determine what most needed to be accomplished
  • Membership included local principals and superintendents, CTPD superintendents, city special needs directors, special needs coordinators, career development and assessment specialists, ODE CTAE and OEC directors, ODE CTAE and OEC associate and assistant directers
  • Critical issues and needs identified
  • Most frequent questions answered and posted on ODE website
  • Four (4) committees established
four committees
Four Committees
  • Improving the IEP Process
  • Developing a Better Communication Process
  • Providing Teacher Pre-service and Professional Development Training
  • Enhancing Career Development and Career Assessment
results of committee work
Results of Committee Work
  • 4 Committee Reports with 4-5 key goals and action plans for each goal
  • Second Statewide Committee meeting in December with full reports from each committee
  • Final goals established from that meeting
preview of issues
Preview of Issues
  • Professional Development
  • Communication between Career Centers and Associate Schools
  • Use of IACP as central component
preview of issues1
Preview of Issues
  • Detailed assistance on IEP development
  • Better communication and cooperation within ODE
  • Better Transition Services including career assessment and development
how this will help the field
How This Will Help the Field
  • Professional Development on administrative and teacher level related to best practice for students with disabilities
  • Clear guidance documents for IEP and transition services
  • Better communication between school districts and career centers
  • And much more as committees present and final decisions are made
postsecondary transition

Postsecondary Transition

An Important Component of The Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Required for all SWD at age 14 (in Ohio) or earlier if appropriate

the purpose of idea

The Purpose of IDEA

“To ensure that all children with

disabilities have available to them a free

appropriate public education that

emphasizes special education and

related services designed to meet their

unique needs and prepare them for

further education, employment, and

independent living…”

state performance plan links
State Performance Plan Links
  • Increased Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities (I-1)
  • Reduction of Dropouts (I-2)
  • Increased Quality and Effectiveness of the Transition Component (I-13)
  • Increased Postsecondary Success for Students with Disabilities (I-14)
required components
Required Components

Appropriate Measurable Goals in

  • Education and Training
  • Integrated Employment
  • Independent Living Skills

(Where appropriate)

4. Services to support the goals

transition services
Transition Services


  • Post-school Results
  • Improving academic & functional achievement
  • Movement to post-school activities
  • Needs, strengths, preferences, and interests of the student
  • Services needed to assist the child in reaching the postsecondary goals
may include
May Include
  • Instruction (this may be specialized instruction, i.e., special education)
  • Related Services (ORSC, MRDD, etc)
  • Community Experiences (work, job shadowing, volunteering, etc.
  • Post-school Adult Living Objectives
  • Acquisition of Daily Living Skills if appropriate
district accountability
District Accountability
  • Is there a plan – EMIS, yes or no?
  • Does it include measurable goals?
  • Does it include services needed to assist in realizing those goals?
  • Districts are NOT responsible for the realization of specific postsecondary goals
  • Districts ARE responsible for providing the specified services
  • And for inviting outside service agencies.
must be based on
Must Be Based On

Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Related to

  • Training and education
  • Employment
  • Independent Living Skills, where appropriate
summary of performance
Summary of Performance
  • Not part of the IEP process
  • Required by federal law for all SWD who will graduate, or “age out” in the current school year
  • A summary of academic achievement and functional performance
  • Provides guidance in meeting postsecondary goals
  • [See handout]
current practice
Current Practice
  • Does not address all the federal requirements
  • Is confusing to students, parents, educators
  • Is interpreted in different ways in different districts – inconsistent use

View the Current Form

the annotated form
The Annotated Form
  • Refers to all three federal requirements
  • Translates the “vision’ into realizable goals
  • Includes support services
  • Refers to Age Appropriate Transition Assessments

View the Annotated Form

supporting resources
Supporting Resources
  • Age Appropriate Transition Assessment guide – short version
  • NSTTAC Transition Guide – long version
  • Indicator 13 Checklist (A & B)
  • Indicator 13 Checklist for Training
  • Plus many more valuable resources
questions comments
Questions – Comments

John Magee

Office For Exceptional Children

Ohio Department of Education