Pre-ETS Glossary

This is the primary glossary for the site. It contains more than 1100 terms related to learning, secondary education, post-secondary education, employment, disability, and various aspects of pre-employment transition.

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Transition Planning

In connection with special education, the development and implementation of activities designed to prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary options, such as work, college, or supported living; transition activities are individualized and are typically designed to address skills or knowledge relevant to the students' postsecondary goals. Definition provided by Peabody Vanderbilt ISIS Center.

Transition Services

A coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:

  • Is designed to be within a results-orientated 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 post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
  • Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests.
  • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
  • Includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.
  • Includes transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.
  • Begins no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child is 16 and updated annually thereafter.

Definition provided by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (ACT)