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The Ins and Outs of the Transition Plan: Meeting the Legal Needs of Students with Disabilities

written by: Barbara • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 1/5/2012

The Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) is a legal component of the IEP for students with disabilities. The ITP provides the specific transitional services that the school and District will provide for the student beyond high school graduation. For Matthew, the ITP goal is to study auto mechanics.

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    ITP

    For students with disabilities, the Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) is a part of the annual IEP (Individualized Education Program) document and contains specific information that meets legal compliance for students ages 16+. The ITP is designed to provide parents, students and school communities with specific transitional services that will be provided to the student beyond the high school experience.

    The ITP form must contain the following information:

    • High School Units/Graduation
    • Graduation date
    • Post-graduation study focus
    • Credits completed
    • Credits remaining
    • Transcript grade point average
    • Transfer of Rights for students 18 years of age
    • Student and parent signature required if student will be 18 years old prior to the next annual IEP meeting.
    • ITP Summary Section of post-graduation study focus and current levels of academic performance in transitional area

    The summary section of the ITP contains a narrative on the students’ interest, aptitude and achievements. The performance information contained in the summary section may also be contained in the performance section of the students’ IEP (check out the following *article for information on a student’s present level of performance checklist)

    *Present Levels of Performance

    Checklist for the IEP (Individual Education Program)

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    An example of a student’s interest could be the following:

    Matthew is interested in the automotive field. He enjoys working on cars and has expressed interest in owning an automotive shop someday. He would like to attend a vocational/trade school after graduation and intern in a local auto body shop.

    An example of a student’s aptitude could be the following:

    Matthew has scored in the 90% on spatial and performance based mathematical computations. He has scored in the 95% on the Brigance diagnostic tests on math operations and problem solving. He is currently in an advanced geometry class and is earning an A in the class.

    An example of a student’s achievement could be the following:

    Matthew has received numerous math awards during his high school career. He has worked summers in Bob’s Auto Shop and earned his Journey level 1 certificate in basic mechanics.

    The ITP must be comprehensive and specific to the interests, aptitude and achievements of the student with disabilities. It is an important legal component of the student’s IEP in addressing how the school will meet the transitional needs of its newest high school graduate.