Before your child enters secondary school, but no later than the first IEP to be in effect when your child reaches age 14 (or younger, if the IEP team decides that it is appropriate), your child's IEP must include:
post-secondary goals, appropriate to your child's age, which are measurable and based on age-appropriate assessments. The goals should relate to training, education, and employment, and if appropriate, your child's independent living skills; and
transition services, including courses of study, which your child needs to reach his/her goals. These services must be based on your child's needs and take into account your child's strengths, preferences, and interests. These services must also include activities such as instruction, related services, and community experiences.
Beginning no later than the first IEP to be in effect when your child turns 16 (or younger, if the IEP team decides that it is appropriate) your child's IEP must also include a statement of interagency responsibilities and linkages. If a participating agency does not provide the transition services described in your child's IEP, the school will call a meeting of the IEP team to identify other ways to meet the transition goals.
If your child is pursuing a modified standard diploma, the IEP team must consider his or her need for occupation readiness at graduation. Specifically, the team may consider courses to prepare your child for completing a career and technical education program.
Excerpts on this page and others are derived from the "Parent's Guide to Special Education", published by the Virginia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Student Services, 2010.