Secondary Transition

The transition from high school to college or career is a pivotal point in time for all students, but it is especially critical for students with disabilities. Working toward CCRS can support all students in successfully preparing for life after high school graduation.

Students who receive special education services should actively participate in planning this transition, beginning no later than age 16. Explore the resources below for ideas on how to promote successful transitions and information on the current post-secondary outcomes among students with disabilities. 

NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. Resources are available at

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC SD) created practice guides for educators that can help them support students with disabilities so that they can stay in school and ultimately graduate.

IRIS Center has modules, briefs, and practice guides for educators and families on how to support a successful transition. This site offers a wide variety of free, online resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices, including modules, practice guides and research summaries developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized researchers and education experts, to support the education of all children, particularly those with disabilities.  See the “Resources Locator” for information on how to support a successful transition. 

The purpose of the National VR Transition Network is to connect transition practitioners in all parts of the country so that you can communicate with your colleagues, share resources and problem-solve. The Network will create a venue for open dialogue and provide a forum for proactively discussing legislative and policy issues and sharing effective VR transition practices.

The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a student’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. It is intended to be a comprehensive and visual representation of the complexities of college and career readiness and success.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides resources to promote equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

CIPR connects you with resources, including tip sheets to help teachers and families support teens as they prepare to reach the age of majority. The following links are an example of the resources you can find on the CIPR site: