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Graduation Toolkit for Parents, Counselors, and Teachers

Student-Centered Transitions Network Newsletter

Graduation Toolkit | Herramientas para Graduarse
The Graduation Toolkit provides details about the new Foundation High School Program and other planning information for high school years and beyond. 


Indicator SPP 14 for Graduates

Video - English | Spanish



Career Assessment Tools and Resources

Pathway Initiatives

Texas College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM)

Tech Tools for College Readiness


Charting the Course Transition Resources


Understanding the Foundations of Employment Services and Implementing Discovery and Assessment 
Flow of Services MI
Foundations and Implementing D&A TCI
TransCen PPP Activity Kelsey with Preliminary
TransCen PPP Form (blank with descriptions)


Engaging Families and Effective Job Development 
ESC 18 Families and Job Development TCI
CtLC Trajectory worksheet
TransCen Family Interview Expanded PPP Kelsey's Mom
TransCen Parent Interview Form (accessible)
TransCen Job Development Plan (blank)

Engaging Employers and Providing Work Supports 
ESC 18 Employers and Work Supports TCI

*Activity_Dress For Less Case Study
TransCen Informational Interview Questions (accessible)
TransCen Informational Interview Site Visit Form (accessible)
TransCen Sample Employer Proposal Letter


Parent/Family Resource:

Work is Possible: Raising Expectations for Employment Success


Parent/Family Resource:

Making Employment Happen: Finding a Good Job Match and Building Skills

Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention and Recovery Resources



Graduation Requirements

House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program

The 83rd Texas Legislature established the Foundation High School Program as the default graduation program for all students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015. The State Board of Education adopted rules related to the new Foundation High School Program in January 2014.

Graduation Program Side by Side Comparison

§89.1070. Graduation Requirements
Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations Subchapter AA. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services



College Contacts for College Programs for Students with Disabilities, 2021
Reality Check Calculator
After high school, students will need to pay for housing, transportation, clothes...students will need money.  Use the calculator to estimate living expenses and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.
Texas CTE (Career and Technical Education) for Special Populations
Texas Transition & Employment Guide

Transition Academics (TEA)

Transition Network:  Student-Centered Transitions Network 

Primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state.

Transition Timeline for Families Planning for Life After Graduation


Vocational Academic Class

Career OneStop — Sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor
Essential Tools: Improving Secondary Education and Transition for Youth with Disabilities
Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program According to the Fair Labor Standards Act


Legal Framework
Online resource summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic and includes a glossary of special education terms and acronyms.  The site is viewable in English and Spanish (legal citations reflect English only).
Career Development & Transition (DCDT)
Promotes national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
The HEATH Resource Center
Online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. 

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
NSTTAC is a national Technical Assistance and Dissemination center funded from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Educations Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (Award #H326J050004).
Texas Project First
Created by parents for parents - this website is a project of the Texas Education Agency, and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities. 

Mary Groomer


Mary Groomer
Educational Consultant