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Graduation Toolkit for Parents, Counselors, and Teachers

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


Quick Book of Assessments
This guide will provide technical assistance to school districts and/or agencies that provide special education or special education and related services to youth with disabilities.
Own Your Own Future
Use this site to find a student's passion and a reason to finish high school.
Career Assessment Tools and Resources

Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention and Recovery Resources
Early Warning Data System
The tool tracks research-based ninth-grade indicators related to high school dropout, such as attendance and academics, and automatically flags students who are below the specified benchmarks leading to graduation. It provides leading indicators so that school staff can quickly review data and plan interventions as early as 20 to 30 days after the beginning of the school year. Additional data points are incorporated at each grading period and at the end of the year to allow for intervention planning for summer or the beginning of the following year.


Graduation Requirements
The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2012. The new requirements are effective beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-13 school year.
Side by Side of Graduation Requirements for students entering Grade 9 in their respective school year
This is quick reference guide is meant to provide a visual comparison.
§89.1070. Graduation Requirements
Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations Subchapter AA. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services


A Transition Services Flowchart
Achieve Texas
AchieveTexas helps prepare students for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and advancement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.
College Preparation for Students with Disabilities
The transition from high school to college is a big step for everyone. Students with disabilities have even more things to consider than their nondisabled peers.
Reality Check Calculator
After High School students will need to pay for housing, transportation, clothes... Students will need money. Students will need a career.
Academic Planning CTE
Student-Centered Transitions Network 
Transition Timeline for Families Planning for Life After Graduation
Texas Transition & Employment Guide

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
Road to Self Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities
This Guide is intended to serve as a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice by showing how entrepreneurship can be used in their programs.


Legal Framework
This online resource summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic.  It provides access to documents which are used in the special education process, includes a glossary of special education terms and acronyms, and is viewable in English and Spanish (legal citations reflect English only).
National Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD) provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.
Texas Transition Network
Primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state.
Career Development & Transition (DCDT)
The mission of DCDT is to promote 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
An online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities
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