TRANSITION SERVICES  
 
Authorities:  34 C.F.R. Part 300; Texas Education Code; Texas Estates Code; 19 T.A.C. Chapters 75, 89
 
 
 
FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS CITATIONS
P Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for the child with a disability that: 300.43(a)

P
  • Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including:
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Post-secondary education;
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Vocational education;
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Integrated employment, including supported employment;
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Continuing and adult education;
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Adult services;
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Independent living; or
300.43(a)(1)

P
    • Community participation;
300.43(a)(1)

P
  • Is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and includes:
300.43(a)(2)

P
    • Instruction;
300.43(a)(2)(i)

P
    • Related services;
300.43(a)(2)(ii)

P
    • Community experiences;
300.43(a)(2)(iii)

P
    • The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and
300.43(a)(2)(iv)

P
    • If appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and provision of a functional vocational evaluation.
300.43(a)(2)(v)

P Transition services may be special education, if provided as specially-designed instruction, or a related service, if required to assist the child with a disability to benefit from special education as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY AIDS AND SERVICES, SPECIAL EDUCATION, RELATED SERVICES framework. 300.43(b)

BY AGE 14


D Under state law, not later than when the child reaches 14 years of age, the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee must consider, and if appropriate, address: 89.1055(h)
TEC 29.0111
TEC 29.011

D
  • Appropriate child involvement in the child's transition to life outside the public school system; 
89.1055(h)(1)
TEC 29.011(a)(1)

D
  • If the child is younger than 18 years of age, appropriate parental involvement in the child's transition;
89.1055(h)(2)
TEC 29.011(a)(2)

D
  • Appropriate parental involvement in the transition of an ADULT STUDENT AND TRANSFER OF RIGHTS, if the parent is invited to participate by the adult student or the local educational agency (LEA) in which the adult student is enrolled;
89.1055(h)(3)
TEC 29.011(a)(3)

D
  • Any postsecondary education options;
89.1055(h)(4)
TEC 29.011(a)(4)

D
  • A functional vocational evaluation;
89.1055(h)(5)
TEC 29.011(a)(5)

D
  • Employment goals and objectives; 
89.1055(h)(6)
TEC 29.011(a)(6)

D
  • If the child is at least 18 years of age, the availability of age-appropriate instructional environments; 
89.1055(h)(7)
TEC 29.011(a)(7)

D
  • Independent living goals and objectives; and
89.1055(h)(8)
TEC 29.011(a)(8)

D
  • Appropriate circumstances for referring the child or the child's parents to a governmental agency for services.
89.1055(h)(9)
TEC 29.011(a)(9)

BY AGE 16


P Beginning not later than the first individualized education program (IEP) to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the ARD committee, and updated annually thereafter, the IEP must include the following: TEC 29.0111
TEC 29.011
300.320(b)

D
  • Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to:
89.1055(l)(1)
300.320(b)(1)

D
    • Training;
89.1055(l)(1)
300.320(b)(1)

D
    • Education;
89.1055(l)(1)
300.320(b)(1)

D
    • Employment; and
89.1055(l)(1)
300.320(b)(1)

D
    • Where appropriate, independent living skills; and
89.1055(l)(1)
300.320(b)(1)

D
  • Transition services, including courses of study, needed to assist the child in reaching those postsecondary goals.
89.1055(l)(2)
TEC 28.025
300.320(b)(2)

P The child's ARD committee must annually review and, if necessary, update the portions of the child's IEP that address: TEC 29.011(a-1)
TEC 29.011(a)

D
  • Appropriate child involvement in the child's transition to life outside the public school system;
TEC 29.011(a)(1)

D
  • If the child is younger than 18 years of age, appropriate involvement in the child's transition by the child's parents and other persons invited to participate by the child's parents; or the school district in which the child is enrolled;
TEC 29.011(a)(2)

D
  • If the child is at least 18 years of age, involvement in the child's transition and future by the child's parents and other persons, if the parent or other person is invited to participate by the child or the school district in which the child is enrolled; or has the child's consent to participate pursuant to a supported decision-making agreement;
TEC 29.011(a)(3)
EST Ch. 1357

D
  • Appropriate postsecondary education options, including preparation for postsecondary-level coursework;
TEC 29.011(a)(4)

D
  • An appropriate functional vocational evaluation;
TEC 29.011(a)(5)

D
  • Appropriate employment goals and objectives;
TEC 29.011(a)(6)

D
  • If the child is at least 18 years of age, the availability of age-appropriate instructional environments, including community settings or environments that prepare the child for postsecondary education or training, competitive integrated employment, or independent living, in coordination with the child's transition goals and objectives;
TEC 29.011(a)(7)

D
  • Appropriate independent living goals and objectives;
TEC 29.011(a)(8)

D
  • Appropriate circumstances for facilitating a referral of the child or the child's parents to a governmental agency for services or public benefits, including a referral to a governmental agency to place the child on a waiting list for public benefits available to the child; and
TEC 29.011(a)(9)

D
  • The use and availability of appropriate supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the child in developing decision-making skills; and supports and services to foster the child's independence and self-determination, including a supported decision-making agreement.
TEC 29.011(a)(10)
EST Ch. 1357

D If the child does not attend the ADMISSION, REVIEW, AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE MEETING where transition services are discussed, as set forth in the ADMISSION, REVIEW, AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP framework, the LEA must take other steps to ensure the child's preferences and interests are considered. 300.321(b)(2)

OTHER ISSUES RELEVANT TO TRANSITION


P When determining the courses of study, the ARD committee must consider the GRADUATION framework.

P The LEA must ensure that children with disabilities have access to career and technical education (CTE) classes. 75.1023(b)

P When determining placement in a CTE classroom, the ARD committee must consider the child's graduation plan, the content of the IEP, including the consideration of transition services, and classroom supports. 75.1023(d)(6)

P If a participating agency, other than the LEA, fails to provide the transition services described in the IEP: 300.324(c)(1)

P

D
  • The ARD committee must identify alternative strategies to meet the transition objectives set out in the IEP.
300.324(c)(1)

TRANSFER OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 


P Not later than one year before the 18th birthday of the child with a disability, the LEA must comply with the ADULT STUDENT AND TRANSFER OF RIGHTS framework.

TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDE


P The LEA must: TEC 29.0112(e)

P TEC 29.0112(e)(1)

P
  • Provide written information and, if necessary, assistance to the child or parent regarding how to access the electronic version of the guide at:
TEC 29.0112(e)(2)

P
    • The first meeting of the child's ARD committee at which transition is discussed; and
TEC 29.0112(e)(2)(A)

P
    • The first ARD committee meeting at which transition is discussed that occurs after the date on which the guide is updated; and
TEC 29.0112(e)(2)(B)

P
  • On request, provide a printed copy of the guide to the child or parent.
TEC 29.0112(e)(3)

 
 
Last Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018