Bureau of Special Education Secondary Transition Webpage Redesigned

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) Secondary Transition – Planning from School to Adult Life web page has been redesigned and is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Secondary-Transition.

This page is comprised of eight sections:

  • The Main page describes an overview of transition services, including the secondary transition planning process, as well as information and links for secondary transition professional learning opportunities.
  • The Documents/Forms page contains CSDE secondary transition documents/forms in the following areas: Secondary Transition Planning, Transition Assessments, Post-School Outcome Goal Statements (PSOGS) & Annual IEP Transition Goals and Objectives, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Student Success Plans (SSPs), and Summary of Performance (SOP/ED635).
  • The Related Resources page contains additional resources related to secondary transition including information from other state agencies.
  • The Resources for Students and Families page contains secondary transition resources for students and families.
  • The Easing Into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut page was developed as a result of a collaborative effort between the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC). The guide may be used as a resource for educators, students, and families throughout Connecticut to identify secondary transition resources and services.
  • The IDEA Part B Indicators: 1, 2, 13, and 14 page contains resources and tools related to IDEA Part B Indicators 1: Graduation, 2: Dropout, 13: Secondary Transition, and 14: Post-School Outcomes and Post-School Outcome Survey (PSOS).
  • The Laws/Regulations page contains federal and state laws and regulations related to secondary transition.
  • The CT Transition Programs page contains a link to a listing of CT Transition Programs (18-21).

We hope you will utilize this valuable tool as you navigate through the secondary transition planning process.

Questions can be directed to Alycia M. Trakas by phone at (860) 713-6932 or by e-mail at Alycia.Trakas@ct.gov.

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition

Please see the attached flyer regarding the 2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition.  For complete event details or to register, visit https://ctserc.org/events.  Content questions can be directed to Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 397 or wrigley@ctserc.org.  Registration questions can be directed to Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or johns@ctserc.org.

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition

Transportation for Students Receiving Transition/Vocational Services

The safe transportation of students, including students with disabilities, is a high priority for every Connecticut school district.  This includes the transportation of students who, as part of an individualized education program (IEP), are participating in community-based transition services and employment worksite settings provided by school districts and/or transition/vocational service providers.

On July 28, 2014, Charlene Russell-Tucker, Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut State Department of Education, issued a memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services clarifying Connecticut regulations related to the transportation of such students.  Connecticut regulations state that all operators and vehicles used to provide transportation for students with an IEP must comply with the statutes/regulations of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

To review a complete copy of this memorandum and a student transportation FAQ, please follow the link below.

Transportation for students receiving transition-vocational services letter

Transportation for students FAQ




LRE Requirements and Transition Work Placements

Recently, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, in response to a letter of inquiry, issued informal guidance related to the applicability of LRE requirements under IDEA to transition work placements.

This informal guidance addressed six questions:

  1. Is the IEP Team required to include work placement in a transition-aged student’s IEP?
  2. Is the IEP Team required to provide parents with “notice of placement” when determining a student’s work placement?
  3. Can segregated work be considered an appropriate outcome, particularly with appropriate assessment in a LRE before such a placement occurs?
  4. Is the LEA required to provide supplemental aids and services to allow the student to participate in the least restrictive work placement possible?
  5. How must LRE work placements be monitored?
  6. Are states required to consider a student’s work placement when they report the number of students participating in regular education?

You may review the entire document by viewing the attachment below.

OSEP LRE Transition Work Placement Informal Guidance