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Current measurement language for Indicator 13: “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 was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.” [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B)]​

 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 Forms 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

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) Webinars — Recent and Archived

To assist states and local school districts with professional development efforts in the area of secondary transition, NTACT has provided webinars that are available at http://www.transitionta.org/newsevents on Indicator 13. Additionally, NTACT provides evidence based practices that are available at http://www.transitionta.org/evidencepractices

NTACT Web-based Examples and Non-Examples for SPP/APR Indicator 13

The NTACT-developed training materials (examples and non-examples) for Indicator 13 are now available as a web-based document. Please visit http://www.transitionta.org/transitionplanning to access the NTACT I-13 checklist linked to training materials. The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) developed an Indicator Checklist, in consultation with the OSEP in 2006 and updated it in 2009 and 2012. This checklist is not required, but offers states and districts an OSEP-approved resource for data collection and use.

NTACT Evidence Based Secondary Transition Practices

The http://www.transitionta.org/effectivepractices web page provides access to evidence based practices in the following areas of secondary transition:

  • Student-Focused Planning – IEP development, student participation in planning, and planning strategies
  • Student Development – strategies in the areas of skills instruction, career and vocational curricula, structured work experience, assessment, and support services
  • Program Structure – practices in program philosophy, policy and evaluation, strategic planning, resource allocation, and human resource development

Health and the Transition to Adulthood: Building the Foundation for Success

The Integrated Services Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and UIC Specialized Care for Children presented a webinar for parents and families on incorporating health goals into IEPs and transition plans. The recording of this webinar is available here. The resources and tools mentioned in this webinar are available here.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Summary of Performance: Supporting Students’ Post-School SuccessPDF Document

This PowerPoint presentation provides the legal basis for development of the SOP and also provides practical information about the development and use of this tool to promote successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Viewers can access the slide “notes” by hovering over the icon in the upper left-hand corner on the relevant pages.

New "Soft Skills" Curriculum for Youth Released by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP has unveiled a new curriculum designed to strengthen the professionalism and interpersonal skills of young people preparing to enter the workforce. Titled "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," this creative and universally designed program features a series of interactive, hands-on activities that educators and youth service professionals can use with youth both with and without disabilities. The curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.

Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) – Informational Brief for School Administrators​​​​PDF Document


Determining Educational Environment Coding for Students with Disabilities Participating in DRS Secondary Transitional Experience Programs (STEP) PDF Document

The Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA) develops resources that assist individuals with Autism in their transition from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment. 

The ATTA also seeks to provide training and support to important stakeholders, as they work to provide an equitable experience for individuals with autism. The website and the resources it contains are developed pursuant to and funded 100% through a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. The website is maintained and updated by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support.​

 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 VideosPDF 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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