Successful Transition

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In the peer-reviewed article Successful Transition of Students with Disabilities to 21st-Century College and Careers, the authors start by discussing the cases of a high school special education teacher named Ms. Hitchcock. At Ms. Hitchcock high school, they have been working on new ways to help their students transition from high school to adult activities such as post-secondary schooling, independent living, and maintain a job. A new transition process has shown to cover a broad range of skills that are more non-academic than academic, something that many students struggle with. With this new system of nonacademic skills, Ms. Hitchcock has noticed that two of her students, Damien and Jasmine, would benefit from these new findings (Gothberg,…show more content…
About 60% of students with disabilities have gone to a postsecondary school but only a few complete their studies (Gothberg, Peterson, Peak, & Sedaghat, 2015). What researchers have found was that students are not being well prepared for that transition. The root of the problem is not coming from their academic skills but more from their nonacademic skills. To close that gap of successfully transitioning from high school to post-secondary the TGAP was created. With the TGAP educators, students, and IEP teams identify and create an annual goal to address the gap in skills needed for a student to be well prepared for the…show more content…
Hitchcock and the team used the TGAP to help with the transition. The TGAP has four step in total to complete a successful transition. The first step is to identify and record the postsecondary goal, meaning what the student wants to achieve after high school. When creating a goal students must be specific and describe an outcome rather than a process. Jasmine's postsecondary goal was “After graduating from high school, Jasmine will attend a school of cosmetology” (Gothberg, Peterson, Peak, & Sedaghat, 2015). The second step is identifying academic content and industry standards. Triangulation is the alignment of a postsecondary goal, state standards, and industry or higher education standards/expectation. In these steps, teachers will help implement the academic standards, such as common core standards, with industry standards which are skills needed to perform the job well. In Jasmine case, the academic standard was to adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks and her industry standard was an oral expression (speaking so others understand). The third step is to determine the gap or, the discrepancy between students’ performance and needed benchmarks (Gothberg, Peterson, Peak, & Sedaghat, 2015). This is like a test to see what is the student missing to reach their goal. Jasmine was tested by having started a conversation with adults, her results were that she only initiated conversation two-times out of 10 opportunities.
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