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September 16, 2019

Status of State-Defined Alternate Diplomas in 2018-19

The possibility of developing a “state-defined alternate diploma” for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities was included in the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. To count this diploma in a graduation measure for accountability, several criteria must be met, including that it must be standards-based, aligned to state requirements for the regular high school diploma, and obtained within the time period for which the state ensures the availability of a free appropriate public education (FAPE). 

Please see attached file for further information.

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August 23, 2019

Innovating for Equity and Excellence report

A new set of recommendations suggest that new State plans for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (2020-21 school year) should align them with ESSA. The report also recommends improving the CTE performance of student subgroups, which include students with disabilities. 

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July 23, 2019

OSEP Technical Assistance Network

For information on the OSEP-funded Centers  (i.e., TA&D Program Centers, Parent Program Centers, Technology, Personnel, and Data Centers) please see the following attachment.
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July 02, 2019

Operational Definitions of EBPs

This resource provides an alphabetical listing of effective practices in secondary transition, with operational definitions for the general practice provided. 

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June 21, 2019

Best Practices for PreEmployment Transition Services

Recently a GAO-18-502 report titled “Students with Disabilities: Additional Information from Education Could Help States Provide Pre-Employment Transition Services noted states indicated the need for “additional assistance with identifying best practices” (p. 26).  The following table from OSERS’ National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit  provides a starting point for state and local Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education agencies. 

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April 10, 2019

Assessment to Practice Model - updated

This resource was originally developed (2017) to provide classroom level practitioners with a model for moving from collecting assessment data to identifying strengths, needs, and goals. Then, using the best available evidence for predictors of post-school success and effective practices for instruction, developing transition services and related IEP goals that reflect the research. The model was recently updated to make steps more explicit and provide updated case-study models for the process. Tell us what you think at ntactmail@uncc.edu! 

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March 25, 2019

NTACT Research Connector

NTACT would like to help connect researchers in secondary transition education and services with educators and service providers, interested in hosting research projects. If you are an interested researcher or an interested practitioner fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Uei4qL6rcy7F35V46. We will contact you within one week regarding next steps. 

March 14, 2019

Thanks for listening!

We were just named a Constant Contact All Star for 2018. Thanks to our subscribers for reading and responding to our emails! 

March 01, 2019

13th Annual Capacity Building Institute DRAFT Agenda

Register here: https://uncc.surveyshare.com/survey/respond/respond?survey_key=AYAUYRB&response_id=6038984&context=  

Please view the agenda for details for this event.

A room rate has been negotiated at $159/night plus 15.25% taxes and fees, under "NTACT". Please make your hotel reservation by April 14, 2019 to access this rate.  You may use this direct link for the NTACT room block: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CLTHUHF-NTACT-20190505/index.jhtml 

If you would like information on an alternative hotel, please email us ntactmail@uncc.edu. 

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March 01, 2019

Update on SPP/APR

NOTICE Re: Indicator 14 submission for FFY18: OSEP has delayed alignment of the competitive integrated employmentdefinition between Indicator 14 and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for one year (until February 1, 2021). For the FFY 2018 SPP/APR submission, due February 1, 2020, States may continue to use either of the two options included in the SPP/APR Indicator Measurement Table.