The Summary of Performance (SOP) documents a “child’s academic achievement and functional performance,” including “recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals.” It is provided to a child whose eligibility for special education services has terminated “due to graduation from secondary school with a regular diploma, or due to exceeding the age eligibility for a free appropriate public education under State law” (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 [IDEA], §614(c)(5)(B)).
Federal regulations state that “State and local officials should have the flexibility to determine the appropriate content in a child’s summary, based on the child’s individual needs and postsecondary goals” (U.S. Department of Education, 2006, p. 46,645). Districts have the flexibility to develop their own forms if needed.
The two forms attached to the BEESS memo are the SOP template developed at the National Transition Documentation Summit in 2005 and the Florida SOP template. Links to both templates are provided below:
Florida Summary of Performance Template (updated September 2012)
This resource can be downloaded from the Documents & Files box on the right side of this page.
National SOP Template (pdf)