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FDOE TAPs and Memos

The following Technical Assistance Papers (TAPs) and Memoranda (Memos) were issued by the Florida Department of Education on subjects related to the secondary transition of students with disabilities. New items are listed first with the rest listed alphabetically by title.

Employment Transition Plan Template and Instructions
Project 10 developed an Employment Transition Plan Template and Employment Transition Plan Instructions with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) to guide school district staff in the completion of the employment transition plan, which is required by section 1003.4282(11)(2)(a-d).

This plan must be completed for any student with a disability for whom the individual educational plan (IEP) team has determined that mastery of academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for a student to demonstrate his or her skills. It is recommended that school districts build flexibility into the plan to ensure student mastery of competencies and success in the workplace.

Please note: Districts are not obligated to use this template. The template is available in Microsoft Word which enables users to modify the plan to fit the need of the student.

Employment Transition Plan Template

Employment Transition Plan Instructions

The employment plan template and instructions may also be found on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) BEESS Secondary Transition website at

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Procedures
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), in partnership with the Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services, has created a joint memo that includes information on WIOA eligibility, referral and services procedures.

Memorandum: Career and Education Planning System Changes

MyCareerShines Implementation Webpage:

Memorandum: Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA)
FDOE Third Party Cooperative Arrangements Memo:
More information on TPCAs, including webinar recordings, training materials and manuals, can be found at the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) website at

2015-16 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) Questions and Answers Brief:

Secondary Transition, Florida Department of Education
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services has created a webpage with state and national resources, state contacts, regulations and general information on secondary transition for parents, educators and professionals.

Memorandum: Updated Guidelines for the Use of Animals by Students with Disabilities, 2015

FDOE Updated Guidelines for the Use of Service Animals by Students with Disabilities Memo:

FDOE Updated Guidelines and Template for School District Policy:

Attendance Recordkeeping Required Codes for Grades PK-12 Students:

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP), Waiver of Statewide, Standardized Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has issued the following technical assistance paper (TAP) regarding the Waiver of Statewide, Standardized Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP), High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities
The FDOE has issued the following TAP regarding High School Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP), Senate Bill 850
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has issued the following TAP regarding Senate Bill 850.

VR Support for Project SEARCH (July 2, 2012)
This Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) is offered as guidance for VR staff authorizing, reviewing or supporting VR services provided through Project SEARCH sites. It covers background on the Project SEARCH model, services that may be provided by VR to support an eligible customer, and provisions for reimbursement.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) on General Education Intervention Procedures
This technical assistance paper (TAP) revises and replaces existing TAP, DPS: 2011-04; General Education Intervention Procedures, Child Find and the Initial Provision of Exceptional Student Education Services to Eligible Students. This document describes the problem-solving and response to intervention within a multi-tiered system of supports framework to address the varying academic and behavioral needs of students. It is based on the requirements of Rule 6A- 6.0331, Florida Administrative Code, General Education Intervention Procedures, Evaluation, Determination of Eligibility, Reevaluation and the Provision of Exceptional Student Education Services.

VR Office Directory, Interactive Map

Senate Bill 1076 Implementation
DPS Memorandum 2013-163 (October 11, 2013)
Frequently Asked Questions Attachment
This Memorandum includes a FAQ on the implementation of SB 1076 and instructs school staff to disregard the cohort graduation charts issued in September 2013 and to use the August 2013 guidance (below) for implementation.

Florida Department of Education Memorandum (August 9, 2013)

Senate Bill 1108 Implementation Memorandum
DPS Memorandum 2013-105 (August 28, 2013)
Summarizes key provisions of Senate Bill 1108.
Attachment A
Questions and Answers regarding Senate Bill 1108

Technical Assistance Paper
DPS 2013-65 Technical Assistance Paper
(August 21, 2013)
Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Updates and replaces previous TAPs based on revisions to Florida Statutes.

2012 Guide to Calculating School Grades
Technical Assistance Paper (June 2012)
Provides an overview and a step-by-step description of the procedures used to determine 2012 school grades, including classifications for students with disabilities and credit back scores for students who are in alternative schools, ESE centers, or hospital/homebound programs.

Basic Skills Examination
CTE Memorandum (December 7, 2010)
Provides guidance for school districts and community colleges in developing policies and procedures for exempting students from basic skills testing. Students eligible for the exemption may include students with disabilities, apprenticeship students, and students who have completed the CLAST exam or passed an industry-recognized licensure examination.

Career Education Basic Skills Assessment
Technical Assistance Paper (revised October 5, 2010)
Provides information on 1) the legal basis for basic skills assessment in career education; 2) procedures to be followed throughout the assessment process; 3) counseling of students who do not meet the basic skills exit requirements; 4) exemptions/waivers of basic skills requirements; and 5) accommodations for students with disabilities.

Changes to Legislation Impacting Federal Ability to Benefit (ATB) and State of Florida Financial Aid Eligibility
BEESS Memorandum (November 7, 2012)
Describes changes in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 that impact federal financial aid to postsecondary students, specifically that students without a high school diploma or its equivalent who enroll in a CTE certificate or degree program after July 1, 2012, will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid. Students with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in approved Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) remain eligible regardless of whether they have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Federal Ability to Benefit (ATB) and State and State of Florida Financial Aid Eligibility
Florida Department of Education Memorandum OSFA-STATE: #11-12-10 (March 8, 2012)

Elimination of the Federal Ability to Benefit Provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
Florida Department of Education Memorandum (February 13, 2012)

Clarification of Requirements for Measurable Postsecondary Goals
BEESS Memorandum (November 14, 2012)
Provides information on a change of interpretation regarding measurable postsecondary goals by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services based on guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education.

OSEP Letter to the Commonwealth of Virginia (September 26, 2011)

OSERS Questions & Answers on Secondary Transition (September 2011)

Clarification of Requirements for Obtaining Consent to Invite Agency Representatives to Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Meetings
BEESS Memorandum (February 6, 2009)
Relays a change in federal interpretation of the requirement for obtaining consent for inviting agency representatives to IEP meetings. It includes an attachment in which the Acting Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, answers five questions regarding agency consent posed by the state of Utah.

Letter to Utah State Office Education (March 17, 2008) /2008-1 /gray031708transition1q2008.pdf

Dual Enrollment and Students Participating in TPSID Programs
BEESS Memorandum (December 9, 2011)
Provides guidance and examples regarding whether or not students enrolled in Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Student with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) programs may be classified as dual enrollments.

Elimination of the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
Florida College System Memorandum (February 13, 2012)
Explains recent federal law that eliminates the ATB provision for Title IV federal financial aid such as Pell grants. Students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent will no longer be eligible for Title IV funding as of July 1, 2012. Florida student aid programs that require students to apply for Title IV funding will also be impacted. Students enrolled in a Title IV program before July 1, 2012, will not be affected.

Free Appropriate Public Education (Policy Update)
FDOE Memorandum K12: 2007-125 (July 30, 2007)
Explains a policy change that allows students with disabilities to continue FAPE eligibility through age 21 if they have earned a general educational development (GED) credential. However, students with disabilities who earn a standard diploma via the GED Exit Option Model will not be eligible for FAPE. (Note: the GED Exit Option was subsequently eliminated as noted in the FDOE Memorandum below.)

GED Exit Option
FDOE Memorandum DPS: 2009-131
Explains that the GED Exit Option was eliminated effective August 1, 2009.

HB 7151 – Postsecondary Education, Students with Disabilities
Florida Public Schools Memorandum (July 22, 2011)
Provides information on House Bill 7151 that expands access to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities by allowing reasonable substitutions for entry, admission to a program of study, and graduation requirements for students who meet minimum admissions requirements. These changes align with the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) that are intended to assist students with intellectual disabilities to prepare for gainful employment.

House Bill 7059 Implementation
District School Superintendents Memo, DPS: 2012-111
(August 17, 2012)
Provides information, frequently asked questions, and contacts for the following provisions of HB 7059: Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL), acceleration options, student progression plans, career and education course planning, career-themed courses, early high school graduation, End of Course (EOC) assessments, Bright Futures Scholarship Program, and dual enrollment.

Jessica Lundsford Act
Deputy Chancellor for K-12 Education Quality Memorandum
(August 15, 2005)
Technical Assistance Paper (August 2005)
Focuses primarily on measures used to monitor access to school district campuses including level 2 background screening including fingerprinting, record sharing and maintenance, disqualification of individuals, and school responsibilities.

Non-Paid Community-Based Vocational Education (CBVE) Programs
Technical Assistance Paper 12698
(November 2005)
Identifies helpful guidelines for non-paid CBVE program and offers recommendations for best practice; topics include guidelines, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the transition IEP, documentation, hazardous occupations, and an FAQ. It also contains a glossary and an appendix with helpful forms and resources.

Reading Intervention Waivers
Technical Assistance Paper 2011-99 (June 27, 2011)
Provides information on exemptions from reading remediation requirements for middle and high school students including statutory requirements and information to be included in the student’s Academic Improvement Plan.

SB 926 – Postsecondary Education [Employer Liability]
Florida Public Schools Memorandum (July 22, 2011)
Provides information on Senate Bill 926 that limits the liability of employers and supported employment providers under certain conditions for negligent or intentional acts or omission by an employee who has a developmental disability.

Services Provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
BEESS & DVR Memorandum
(January 14, 2011)
Describes the intake process and some services available to students with disabilities who become clients of DVR.

Serving Students with Disabilities Ages 18-22
Technical Assistance Paper 312722 No. 2006-4
(November 2005)
This TAP is out of date and has been removed.

Student Transportation Vehicle Usage Update
Technical Assistance Note No. T-07-03
School Transportation Management
(August 30, 2006)
Defines the types of vehicles that may be owned or operated for student transportation by school districts and charter schools when a school bus is not required; also includes federal prohibitions on the use of 15-passenger vans.

Transfer of Rights – Age of Majority
BEESS Memorandum K12: 2005-35
(April 1, 2005)
Provides guidance to districts on the transfer of rights to students reaching the age of majority including a summary of statutory requirements, recommendations for district implementation, and a sample notice for parents and students.

Transportation and Students with Disabilities
Technical Assistance Paper ESE 311094 No.2001-13
Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services
(July 2001)
Clarifies funding and transportation for students enrolled in exceptional student education programs who require specialized transportation.

Update on IDEA 2004 Requirements for Summary of Performance and Suggested Template
BEESS Memorandum
(November 14, 2011)
Updates the November 30, 2005, memo (below) with the following attachments:

Summary of Performance Background (Updated October 2010) 

IDEA 2004 Requirements for Summary of Performance (SOP)
BEESS Memorandum
(November 30, 2005)

Additional Technical Assistance Papers, Memos, and Notes related to Exceptional Education and Student Services are available at /exceptional-student-edu /beess-resources/technical-assistance-papers-memos-note.stml.

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