NPS Transition Planning

  • When and where does transition planning occur in Newton Public Schools?

    Team discussions regarding transition planning will take place at a student's IEP meeting & action steps are documented on the Transition Planning Form (TPF).  All aspects of a student's IEP are considered part of the transition planning process.

    The TPF includes an action plan that is like a "To Do" list of transition activities (i.e. Parent/guardian will introduce student to traveling on the MBTA bus, student will participate in a club/activity, school staff will discuss post-secondary options with student).

    Prior to Age 14

    • Ask students to complete chores at home, assign responsibilities
    • Support the development of decision making
    • Explore interests, discuss future plans
    • Demonstrate problem solving strategies
    • Describe your likes/dislikes in and out of school
    • Identify who helps you at school
    • Engage in extra curricular activities

    Age 14

    • By age 14, the student must be invited to his/her IEP meeting & a TPF must be developed
    • Encourage the student to participate; the student can start by writing a letter to the team, doing a presentation, or staying for part of the meeting
    • Continue the development of skills that were initiated prior to age 14

    Ages 16-18

    • School files a chapter 688 referral to adult agency, as appropriate
    • Adult agency determines student eligibility for services, family must complete eligibility process
    • Explore higher education options, identify needed supports

    Age 17

    • Student and family are notified about age of majority/transfer of rights
    • If applicable, explore/consider guardianship options
    • Complete re-determination process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    Age 18

    • Age of majority takes effect-student makes educational decisions unless he or she has selected to share decision-making with parent/guardian or parent/guardian has guardianship
    • If student has decision-making authority, student’s signature is required on all educational documents
    • If student is completing traditional 4 years of high school, student accepts diploma or certificate, Summary of Performance is completed

    Age 21

    • Coordinate meeting between school, family, and receiving agency to discuss transition at age 22

    Age 22

    • Special education services end, transition from school to adult services is complete
    • Summary of Performance is completed

    2 years before Graduation or turning 22

    • If applicable, a Chapter 688 referral or direct referral is made to the appropriate adult agency
      • Chapter 688 is a law that focuses on connecting students with severe disabilities with appropriate adult supports. To receive adult supports, student must be found eligible for services by the adult agency
      • Link to additional 688 information