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School-based preparatory experiences occur in the classroom and the educational environment. This section focuses on academic and career-technical standards, academic support, and developing a course of study.

School-based preparatory experiences occur in the classroom and the educational environment. This section focuses on engaging students in instruction, providing academic support, and developing a course of study that will prepare youth for postsecondary education and training opportunities.

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has identified evidence-based practices in secondary transition planning that lead to positive post-school outcomes in the area of education and training which are including students with disabilities in general education settings and curriculum, developing a course of study that is tied to the youth’s postsecondary goals, and offering a wide variety of career awareness opportunities.

Transition Planning: The Basics External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 54MB)
School-based preparatory experiences are referenced on pages 12-21 and page 26.

These pages also provide information on how to comply with elements 1-6 of the Indicator 13 requirements of the California Annual Performance Report (APR) External link opens in new window or tab. .

Common Core Academic and Career Technical Education Standards

Common Core Resources for Special Education
Resources and guidelines on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the special education community.

Common Core and Transition Goals for the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) External link opens in new window or tab.
PowerPoint and tools from Connecticut.

Goalbook Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab.
An online resource for teachers for developing IEP goals aligned with CCSS.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Resources that promote career readiness and 21st century skills for all students.

Edutopia External link opens in new window or tab.
An array of project-based learning resources to engage students in experiential learning.

Websites, Apps, and More External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This 8th version of our web book (previously called Best of the Web) includes apps for both instructors and students that enhance the classroom experience, offer avenues for professional development, and assist instructors with student engagement and enhancement activities.

Access and Support for Postsecondary Education

Big Future College Board External link opens in new window or tab.
Services for students with disabilities in the college and university system.

Courses of Study

California Transition Alliance External link opens in new window or tab.
Webinars and supporting documents related to courses of study and triangulating annual goals.

California State University CSU Mentor External link opens in new window or tab.
This site provides middle and high school course of study planning tools and information about all colleges in California.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, October 11, 2021
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