ERIC Number: ED389105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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The Fast Lane to High School: Transition from Middle School/Junior High to High School.
This paper offers a structured framework for the transition of students with disabilities from middle or junior high school to high school. First, it outlines a transition decision tree to help decide whether a formal transition plan is needed. Next, the paper offers a 10-step set of practices appropriate for all students with disabilities in the last year of middle/junior high school. Steps include gathering and compiling relevant information into a student portfolio; determining the student's attitudes, preferences, concerns, and interests about high school; selecting high school courses and activities; and planning and conducting an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Suggestions for refocusing middle/junior high school curriculum to facilitate transition include assessing available course offerings that match IEP goals and other transitional curriculum areas, assessing the gaps between what is being taught and what the student needs, and developing resources and strategies for bridging the gaps. Appropriate curriculum practices are suggested in the areas of vocational training/pre-employment, personal management and independent living, community participation, recreation and leisure, and preparation for continued education/training. Critical skills for college bound junior high/middle school students with learning disabilities are listed as are quality indicators of effective instruction for a functional curriculum. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition (Raleigh, NC, October 19-21, 1995).