At a recent Transition workshop in Riverside California, a high school special education teacher asked an important question. She wanted to know if the new edition of The Transitions Curriculum helped students prepare for the Summary of Performance, or SOP. The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Why did she ask this question? Perhaps the teacher was concerned about meeting graduation requirements for her students. She knows that students who have an IEP or a 504 plan must complete a Summary of Performance (SOP) before they leave school. The SOP is required by three laws: (1) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004; (2) section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and, (3) the Americans with Disabilities Act. Check with your school district or state department of education for additional information about SOP requirements or visit Transitions Coalition for a sample developed by several national special education organizations.
Among the 300 lessons in the the new edition of The Transitions Curriculum, Volume 1: Personal Management contains 30 lessons that specifically support development of the SOP and are identified by a special icon or symbol. To prepare the SOP, students complete lessons that build self-determination, career awareness, social and other transition skills. These lessons also assist teachers and students in examining current academic and achievement records and in identifying the appropriate accommodations, strategies and services needed to be successful in post-school settings. Beginning with Unit 1, Lesson 8 students learn about the SOP and understand why it is important for them to be involved in gathering the data that will be used to complete this requirement. By collecting information over time, the experience becomes more meaningful to the student. For the teacher, completing the SOP over time avoids a last-minute crunch at graduation. We are excited about this new feature of The Transitions Curriculum.
We look forward to your feedback in this blog.
Louise Fulton, Ed.D. and Rebecca Silva, Ph.D.
Other New Features and Benefits of the 3rd Edition Transitions Curriculum:
The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.