Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Software to Track Students in Transition

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Software to Track Students in Transition

Article excerpt

Introduced at the January 2008 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference, the Next Transition Skills System is a software package designed to help educators keep track of students' Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. It is designed to be a district-wide "solution" that simplifies the process of identifying, teaching, and tracking essential transition skills over multiple years while meeting state standards and federal guidelines for providing transition education to students with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities. The Next software is capable of tracking transition team assessments, providing current and multi-year needs checklists used to develop IEP goals, offering measurement tools for educational team members to deliver accurate and efficient progress reports on students' achievements; and it includes a database of hundreds of skills that relate to the transition categories of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. Next is designed to provide both electronic and print materials for staff members and student data folders, and includes templates with forms, goals, activities, and strategies that special education administrators, transition coordinators, job coaches, and teachers need to build and maintain a quality transition program designed to prepare students for their lives after school. …

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