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Transition planning

This infographic illustrates the transition planning process.

As we approach the end of the school year, we look ahead to transitioning our 5th grade students to middle school and our eighth grade students to high school. Webster’s definition of transition is “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” Transition planning is a process used to assist a student with a disability in successfully moving from one school to another.

Transitions can be difficult for everyone, but for elementary-age students, the transition to middle school is one of the most difficult transitions in their young lives. For those students with IEPs, the process begins in the spring with the middle school EC staff collaborating with the elementary school EC staff. Together, we determine what accommodations and services need to be implemented or removed from the IEP to make it middle-school appropriate. Meetings are held with the parents of 5th grade students to review the changes in the IEP and to answer any questions the parents may have.

For those students in 8th grade transitioning to the high school, the process is very similar. The high school EC staff collaborates with the middle school EC staff to determine what is most appropriate for the high school setting. Unlike the elementary transitions, 8th grade students are invited to their transition meetings, as they are considered part of the IEP Team. Eighth grade students also have a “voice” in determining what accommodations they need in order to be successful in the high school environment. Parents and 8th grade students also have an opportunity to ask questions of the high school EC staff.

This is an exciting time for students as they are entering the next phase of their educational experience. By being proactive and alleviating parents’, as well as students’ concerns, these transitions are much smoother.

Written by: Anita Crockett
Posted: May 26, 2014 by Brita Mann

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