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2005 National Leadership Summit Findings & Outcomes: State Priorities and Needs for Assistance (2005)
Priority issues that emerged from states in attendance at the National Leadership Summit 2005 in Washington, DC.

PDF documentA National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities (December 2004)
This Topical Report examines the results of a national study on the status of state high school graduation policies and diploma options for youth with disabilities. The study focused on state policies in relation to their intended benefits as well as possible unintended consequences for youth with disabilities. The study addresses issues concerning high school exit exams as well as single, multiple, and alternative diploma options. Available in PDF format (48 pages, 825 KB).

Key Provisions on Transition: IDEA 1997 Compared to H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) (December 2004)
On December 3, 2004, President George W. Bush signed H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) into law. This document identifies the major changes between IDEA 1997 and H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) concerning transition services.

Current Challenges Facing the Future of Secondary Education and Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities in the United States (January 2004)
The "Discussion Paper" is an evolving document that NCSET shares to promote discussion among professionals, policymakers, employers, parents, and individuals with disabilities concerning current and future challenges facing secondary education and transition services nationally.

2003 National Leadership Summit Findings & Outcomes: State Priorities and Need for Assistance (2003)
Priority issues that emerged from states in attendance at the National Leadership Summit 2003 in Washington, DC.

PDF documentIssues Influencing the Future of Transition Programs and Services in the United States (2000)
This monograph, developed by the National Transition Network at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, is a collection of articles by leading researchers in secondary special education and transition services for students with disabilities.

See also:

  • Transcripts of Past Teleconferences
    All of NCSET's national teleconference call presentations are transcribed and made available in full-text on the Web as online documents and PDFs.
  • Proceedings of Past Institutes
    All of NCSET's capacity building institutes are summarized in proceedings documents and made available on the Web as PDFs.
  • Archive of Publications of the National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
    The National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities (NTA) was jointly funded from 1995-2001 by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor to promote the transition of youth with disabilities. Available NTA publications include the School to Work Sustainability Toolkit, NTA Resource Bulletins, Employer Toolkit, and Including Youth with Disabilities in Education Reform.

Other National Publications

PDF documentDiploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study (Technical Report 62) (2012) is the fifth in a series on state graduation policies and diploma options conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes.

National Standards & Quality Indicators: Transition Toolkit for Systems Improvement (2005)
This document, from the National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET), contains information and tools to provide a common and shared framework to help school systems and communities identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment, and adult life.

PDF documentSecondary Transition Coordinators at the State Level  (December 2003)
This issue of the Quick Turn Around (QTA) Newsletter from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) summarizes information from 41 states on the roles and responsibilities of state-level personnel who address issues related to secondary transition. Available in PDF format (276 kb, 5 pages).

PDF documentGAO Report on Special Education: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth (July 2003)
This report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) examines (1) the proportion of IDEA students completing high school with a diploma or alternative credentials, and their postsecondary status; (2) the transition problems being reported and state and local actions to address them; and (3) the types of transition services provided by the vocational rehabilitation, the Workforce Investment Act youth, and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency programs, and the factors affecting participation of IDEA youth. Available in PDF format (66 pages).

The P.R.O. Filer Personal Portfolio & Filing System (May 2000)
The P.R.O.Filer is a personal portfolio and filing system designed to help all students learn how to organize important documents, keep records of school and community learning opportunities, and create a personal portfolio to showcase their accomplishments. The P.R.O. Filer was developed by the All Means School-to-Work Project at the Institute on Community Integration.
PDF documentManual | PDF documentFiling System

See also:

  • State Transition Resources
    Many state transition offices have generously volunteered to share their most valuable transition resources with readers of the NCSET Web site. You will find manuals, toolkits, curricula, Web sites and more for everyone involved in supporting the successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life.
  • E-News "Resource Zone - Other National Resources"
    E-News is NCSET's e-mail newsletter announcing national resources (in the section titled, "Resource Zone"), events, funding opportunities, and more. E-News is delivered via e-mail twice per month (around the 1st and 15th), and is also available for browsing or searching on this Web site.

NCSET Partner Publications

Visit any of our partners' Publications pages for additional publications related to secondary education and transition.

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