Secondary Transition Updates
Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator for the Iowa Department of Education, shared a few updates around Secondary Transition in Iowa as we navigate this school year with so many changes. While these updates are relatively brief, she hopes they can provide some support and resources for you and your teams as you are returning to school this year.
Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC): This will be the second year of the ISTLC. We will continue to offer webinars that will be recorded, and all past sessions are included in the link above. For any new staff you may have at the secondary level, please consider sharing the Transition 101 resources in the tab to the right.
Regular Diploma and 22.214.171.124: Our first students to be impacted by the change in rules for regular diploma will be juniors this year! It is critical that IEP teams are reviewing graduation dates and progress toward graduation with all students with IEPs. For students who may have been following an individualized pathway with alterations to the standards/expectations in coursework and documentation towards graduation needs to catch up with the instruction that has taken place, you may want to consider using a template to help you take a look back and document the progress. Feel free to modify this however it best fits for your district/students.
Transcript Notations: Related to regular diploma and 126.96.36.199 are questions about transcripts when standards have been modified for a student. Please take into account the following guidance as you work with your teams around planning for and documenting graduation requirements on transcripts:
“A notation on the transcript cannot identify the student as qualifying for special education services. Wording such as “special education goals” and IEP goals” for example or any other terminology that would identify the student as entitled for special education services may not be used. The wording “modified standard” is a legal notation, however, so long as modifications are available to any other student. Research recommends noting modified standards on permanent records and transcripts the same way it is done on the report card; by placing an asterisk (*) or some other symbol beside each grade that is based on a modified standard and then indicating on the form that this means the grade or mark is based on modified standards. No other information regarding the nature of the modification is needed as students may need modifications for a variety of reasons. This notation is imperative for honesty and accuracy in the information being reported for college and career decisions.”
Return 2 Learn support – Secondary Transition: This document was developed by a statewide team and provides resources and tools for virtual/hybrid and in person learning. There are also tips for applying effective transition planning practices through the use of the Iowa Transition Model. It was shared statewide in August and is a part of the Compendium of Resources for Special Education.