Planning for Transition from school to adulthood begins the year the student turns 14.  A transition plan is created by the students team.

The Transition Planning Form – Scroll to the bottom of this page to see guidance from DESE to schools about transition and the Transition Planning Form required by DESE to be filled out at the IEP meeting for the year the student will turn 14.

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2013-1:
Detailed guidance from DESE on Postsecondary Goals and Annual IEP Goals in the Transition Planning Process

Best Practice Quality Indicators for Secondary Transition
On April 24, 2013, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a district and school capacity-building conference on secondary transition. Districts/Schools planning to attend will complete this Needs Assessment.

Newton Public Schools Transition Wiki  developed by Jill Curry, NPS Transition Specialist

Join Jill Curry’s Transition email list, where she posts upcoming events and new information on transition from high school to adulthood.  To join send her an email at

Planning for Life After Special Education in Massachusetts : A Transition Services Online Manual  from Disability Law Center (DLC) (2cd Edition, December 2012) • Basic Legal Rights    • Forms    • Resources    • Video
Available at

This Manual is written for parents and students who are advocating for better transition services, including social, vocational and independent living skills.  It is written in an easy-to-understand format but also contains “Endnotes” and an Appendix at the end of the Manual with legal information for attorneys and experienced advocates.
The Manual was edited by the Disability Law Center (DLC), in partnership with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Mass. Advocates for Children.  It was written by the Northeastern University School of Law Legal Skills in Social Context program.

Transition Assessments
Information from Terri McLaughlin, Information Specialist, Transition Projects, Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN).

The Transition page on the FCSN website

NSTTAC The National Secondary Transition and Technical Assistance Center has a great website. You can find out about all the different Transition assessments, what they mean, who can do them etc.

Another great website is the Transition Coalition.
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