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Evidence-Based Secondary Transition Practices, Lesson Plans, Kohler Taxonomy, and the Postschool Predictors

Evidence-based practices (EBPs)

EBPs provide educators with instructional strategies used to teach a specific skill that has been shown to be effective based on high-quality research.EBPs provide teachers with information about which teaching method in secondary transition has been most effective at helping students with disabilities learn skills. EBPs can be used to support IEP goals and objectives.

Part I: Currently, NSTTAC has identified 33 evidence-based practices in secondary transition. These 33 practices have been categorized using Kohler's Taxonomy for Transition Programming. The Kohler Taxonomy is a widely accepted framework for comprehensive secondary transition programs. Educators should use the practices listed under each category of the Taxonomy as a starting point for provided quality transition services to students (Test, Fowler, Richter, White, Mazzotti, Walker, Kohler, & Kortering (2009)).

Each of the practices includes a set of "research-to-practice" Lesson Plans. All information for each lesson plan starter was taken directly from a study used to identify the level of evidence for a practice.Both the practice descriptions and lesson plan starters were developed to help educators use evidence-based practices in the classroom. While not 'guaranteed' to work, educators can be confident that practices with strong and moderate levels of evidence will produce similar effects with their students.

Predictors of Post School Success

Additionally, NSTTAC conducted a systematic literature review to identify in-school predictors of post-school success in the areas of employment, education, and independent living for secondary students with. As a result, NSTTAC has identified 16 evidence-based predictors of post-school employment, education, and independent living success from the correlational research (Test, Mazzotti, Mustian, Fowler, Kortering, & Kohler, 2009).

In addition to the Predictor categories, the NPSO Center ( created a "delphi study" to operationalize the Predictors, meaning they worked with 32 professionals to create Activities that should be assessed in each of the Predictors categories. NPSO staff took the many, many activity suggestions, came to consensus, and then pared down the activities to the current activities in the Predictor Rubric.