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Indicator 13

Tools and Resources

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized on December 3, 2004 and its provisions became effective on July 1, 2005. In conjunction with the reauthorization, the U. S. Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs required states to develop a six-year State Performance Plan in December of 2005 around 20 indicators, on which data will be submitted annually (beginning February 2007) in Annual Performance Reports.

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)]

 What's New (7/24/15)

  • Secondary Transition and SPP Indicator 13 Requirements Webinar -  Update Coming Soon! (7/24/15)
    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.
  • Transition Planning: Independent Living pdf format
    In August 2013, PA 098-0517 amended the school code by changing Section 14-803 to remove the “where appropriate” preceding independent Living.  Therefore, Independent Living must addressed in the IEP’s transition plan, as are Employment and Education/Training, for students aged 14 ½ and up.  This PDF includes information on this change, implementation guidance and a variety of resources to assist districts in meeting this new requirement.

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 Indicator 13 Forms (8/3/15)

  • Illinois State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 13 - ISBE Scoring Rubric pdf format  (37-40) (7/15) new
    ISBE will use the revised Indicator 13 rubric for audits of Secondary Transition in order to provide a more streamlined approach for districts when reporting Indicator 13 data beginning with the 2015- 2016 school year.
  • ISBE Evidence of Correction pdf format (12/14)
    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 Checklist (37-41) pdf format (8/15) updated
  • Recommended Consent Form for Agency Invitation to IEP Meetings – Parent
  • English Version pdf format
  • Spanish Version pdf format
  • Recommended Consent Form for Agency Invitation to IEP Meetings – Student Who has Reached the Age of Majority
  • English Version pdf format
  • Spanish Version pdf format
  • 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.
  • ISBE Indicator 13 Summary pdf format (7/15) updated
    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.

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  • NSTTAC Web-based Examples and Non-Examples for SPP/APR Indicator 13 (11/11)
    The NSTTAC-developed training materials (examples and nonexamples) for Indicator 13 are now available as a web-based document. Please visit http://nsttac.org/content/web-based-examples-and-nonexamples-sppapr-indicator-13-checklist-overview to access the NSTTAC I-13 checklist linked to training materials or go to www.nsttac.org and select Indicator 13 and then I-13 Examples and Non-Examples. We welcome your feedback on this version of the materials.
  • NSTTAC Evidence Based Secondary Transition Practices (11/11)
    This 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
  • Transition Practices Self-Assessment pdf format
    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.
  • Using TPSA Data for Action Planning: This training presentation describes how to use the TPSA data to engage in action planning; development of goals and activities; and how to incorporate the results into the District Improvement Plan. Sample DIP goals, activities and strategies are provided.
  • TOTAL: Transition Outreach for Adult Living Training Videos
    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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 Frequently Asked Questions

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