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SPP Indicator 13: A compliance indicator that measures the percentage of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon age-appropriate transition assessments; transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals; and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition service needs. 

The goal of Indicator 13 is a strong transition plan that addresses all required components and enables the student to experience postsecondary success. 

Percent = [(# of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment; transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals; and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services, including, if appropriate, pre-employment transition services, was invited to the IEP team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority) divided by the (# of youth with an IEP age 16 and above)] times 100.

Data Source
The ISBE data source is I-Star.

Targets for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020-25
FFY20-25 target of 100%​

 Indicator 13 Forms

  • Illinois State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 13 - ISBE Scoring RubricPDF Document
    The ISBE Scoring Rubric has been revised to assist districts in collecting data to assist in meeting Indicator 13 of the Part B State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, as required by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. ISBE has adapted the rubric from the NSTTAC Indicator 13 checklist prepared by the national Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), September 13, 2006.
  • Recommended Consent Froms for Agency Invitation to IEP Meetings
    IDEA 2004 requires school districts “to the extent appropriate, with the consent of the parents or a child who has reached the age of majority...the public agency must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services.” [34CFR §300.321(b)(3)].
    In order to support school districts in implementing this requirement, a sample consent form for parents and for students who have reached the age of majority have been developed and are recommended for district use. In concert with the requirement of annual IEP review and update, parent or student consent for the invitation of outside agencies to the IEP meeting should be obtained annually.
  • Indicator 13 - Evidence of CorrectionPDF Document
    The Indicator 13 Evidence of Correction form is a guidance document to help districts on how to correct their areas of non-compliance. The guidance document provides what steps are necessary to correct those areas.
  • Illinois Indicator 13 ChecklistPDF Document
    The Indicator 13 Checklist has been updated to align with the revised ISBE Scoring Rubric and Harrisburg’s data collection.
  • SPP Indicator 13 SummaryPDF Document
    This document provides some helpful tips on meeting compliance for Indicator 13. It can be used to provide guidance to those who write transition plans for students. This can also be a tool that is used during the IEP to help discuss transition with the parents.​

 Webinar Series

​The Secondary Transition and SPP Indicator 13 Requirements webinar provides an overview of the IDEA transition planning requirements and detailed information about findings of noncompliance, the data verification audit and more. The accompanying PowerPoint presentation includes the webinar narrative and hyperlinks to tools and resources to support the development of IEP/transition plans that meet the Indicator 13 requirements.
  • PowerPoint Presentation​PDF Document
    The webinar references a number of links to additional information and resources to support district personnel however, these links are not “live” via the webinar. Therefore, the accompanying PowerPoint Presentation includes the additional websites and resources via hyperlink and the notes pages for each slide which include the webinar narrative as well as additional examples for the Indicator 13 requirements.
    NOTE: Double-click on the orange 'bubble' icon in the upper left hand corner of page 51 to view presenter's note.
  • Secondary Transition TrainingGo To Meeting Link - Complete Training Video (1:04:00)
  • Seondary Transition IntroductionGo To Meeting Link
    Introduction including: the legal framework, Indicator 13 measurement details, information about findings of non-compliance, the Indicator 13 Data Verification Audit and the Data Verification Rubric (12:35)
  • Segment/Rubric 1Go To Meeting Link - Measurable Post-Secondary Goals (6:13)
  • Segment/Rubric 2Go To Meeting Link - Updating Post-Secondary Goals Annually (1:15)
  • Segment/Rubric 3Go To Meeting Link - Transition Assessments (4:13)
  • Segment/Rubric 4Go To Meeting Link - Transition Services (6:18)
  • Segment/Rubric 5Go To Meeting Link - Course of Study (3:21)
  • Segment/Rubric 6Go To Meeting Link - Annual Goals (4:27)
  • Segment/Rubric 7Go To Meeting Link - Inviting Students (1:20)
  • Segment/Rubric 8Go To Meeting Link - Inviting Outside Agencies (7:16)
  • Segment/Rubric 9Go To Meeting Link - Next Steps for a Findings of Non-Compliance (2:12)
  • Segment/Rubric 10​​​Go To Meeting Link - Conclusion including: resources, transition planning flowchart, and Indicator 13 team members contact information (5:32)

 Transition Information

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Indicator 13 Checklist FAQ
    These Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NSTTAC developed Indicator 13 Checklist with responses may help you as you consider the I-13 Checklist, available at www.nsttac.org. These responses were reviewed and accepted by OSEP on November 16th, 2006. An update is anticipated shortly.
  • Indicator 14 - Tools and Resources for Collecting and using Post-School Outcome Data
    Including: district cycle, suggestions for post-school outcomes (Ind. 14) data collection, sample district letter to former student, post-school survey interview questions and interviewer script, strategies for increasing response rates and advise from the field.​

 Evidence-based Practices in Secondary Transition

Users Guide now available at www.ideapartnership.org
This Users Guide was developed by an IDEA Partnership* cross-stakeholder group of practitioners and Technical Assistance Center personnel to provide efficient access to and use of research and materials located on the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center website.

These tools reference educational practices and specific strategies supported by rigorous educational research which have yielded evidence of positive results for students. Included in this Users Guide are a glossary of terms and a PowerPoint with presenter information. Highlighted throughout are various materials regarding transition research synthesis, lesson plan starters, and professional development resources.

To access the Users Guide, please go to www.ideapartnership.org and click on the Guide under Partnership User Guides on the right side of the home page.

*The IDEA Partnership is a collaboration of more than fifty-five national organizations and technical assistance providers at national, state, and local levels. The Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.​


The information listed below is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we acknowledge that this information, though beneficial, may be outdated.
  • Transition Practices Self-AssessmentPDF Document
    The Transition Practices Self-Assessment (TPSA) has been designed to support and assist school districts in determining their current practices and setting priorities for collaborative planning of new and/or evolved transition practices and services by using the self-assessment data to engage in action planning and appending the district improvement plan.
  • TOTAL: Transition Outreach for Adult Living Training Videos​PDF Document
    The TOTAL Project training modules provide a wealth of information and resources on issues critical to transition planning and successful adult life outcomes for students who have disabilities. Each of the nine modules includes access to videos, the power point slides, and a multitude of tools and resources.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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