Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center

Transition educators and Indiana families and students in transition need access to up-to-date information about programs and services. They need answers to their questions about changes to Transition IEPs, regulations, graduation requirements, and more.

  • Through its comprehensive website, the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) provides information at a click.
  • The INSTRC team is frequently on the road throughout the state, working directly with teachers in their districts and in their classrooms.
  • The team sends transition tips to teachers weekly, throughout the school year, through INSTRC's popular Tuesday's Transition Tips.
  • INSTRC staff collaborate with transition coordinators and teams throughout the state through INSTRC's regional Cadres of Transition Leaders.

The Center on Community Living and Careers created INSTRC in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education's Office of Special Education to answer questions and provide professional development for youth in transition, their families and teachers. 

Explore the INSTRC website.

What Are Students Doing After they Leave High School?

Last year, hundreds of students with disabilities who had Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) left Indiana high schools to begin the next phase of their lives. That next phase can include job training, postsecondary education, employment, and community life and participation. But a year after they’ve left school, what specifically are these young adults doing, and how successful was their transition in preparing them for adulthood?

logo: What's Next: Finding Your Path in Life.

Collecting the Data

Those are the questions the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) is seeking to answer as it takes on the task of data collection to fulfill the federal Indicator 14 requirement. Indicator 14 is one of a series of regulations mandated by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. It requires states to collect information about students one year after they’ve left school. The data is used to determine how successful a state’s transition programming is, to identify trends and needs, and to find out just how many students with IEPs are, for instance, taking college classes or earning a paycheck.

Reaching out with Helpful Transition Tips  

To reach more students and families, CCLC and its Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center team created a new outreach campaign called “What’s Next?” Through the campaign, the center is asking students and their families to stay in touch by subscribing to a monthly “What’s Next?” newsletter, featuring transition tips, resources, and next steps for that first year after school.

By remaining engaged with the center, students and families will not only receive valuable information, they may also be more likely to follow-up and complete the end-of-year survey. “What’s Next?” campaign staff are using mail, email, and phone calls to reach out to students and will provide materials and the survey in other languages as needed.