Some states start this process as early as middle school. No matter when it starts in your state, expect the plan to change over time, as kids learn more about what the future could hold.
Transition plans vary widely in how they’re set up, and in how long and detailed they are. Some might be as short as a few paragraphs. Others might be a few pages. But all plans must include the following:
- A description of a student’s strengths and interests
- Measurable goals for after high school (including school, work, and independent living, if needed)
- Services to help kids achieve those goals
No matter what format a transition plan comes in, it should include all three of these areas. By law, kids have to be involved in creating this plan.
Two of the printables here are samples of the language and format a school might use — one for college-bound students, the other for career-bound students.
The other is a blank version to fill in with things you think should be in the plan you’re working on. You don’t need to use the school’s language or format. Just write down your ideas. You can use this worksheet during conversations with your child or student and the IEP team about planning for the future.