Student-Focused Planning

Transition planning focused on the student, for the student and with the student

Student-Focused Planning includes practices that use assessment information, student self-determination, and student postsecondary goals to develop individual educational plans (IEPs). The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C)  includes student-focused planning as one of the five primary practices in transition programming with the following sub-practices:

  • IEP Development
  • Planning Strategies
  • Student Participation

(Kohler, et al., 2016; Test, et al., 2010; Test, et al., 2009).

This section contains the following list of pages where you can learn more about the area of student-focused planning:


Kohler, P. D., Gothberg, J. E., Fowler, C., and Coyle, J. (2016). Taxonomy for transition programming 2.0: A model for planning, organizing, and evaluating transition education, services, and programs. Western Michigan University. Retrieved from default/files/Tax_Trans_Prog_0.pdf

Test, D.W., Fowler, C.H., Richter, S.M., White, J., Mazzotti, V., Walker, A.R., Kohler, P., & Kortering, L. (2009, August). Evidence-based practices in secondary transition. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 32, 115-128. Retrieved from

Test, D.W., Fowler, C., Kohler, P., & Kortering, L. (2010, August). Evidence-based practices and predictors in secondary transition: What we know and what we need to know, Executive Summary. (Revised) . Charlotte, NC: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. Retrieved from EBPP_Exec_Summary_2016_12_13_16.pdf.