HOT TOPIC! What is an Exit Summary? Part 1

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Every student receiving Special Education services leaving school with one of the following will receive an exit summary:

  • Diploma
  • Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC)
  • Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS)
  • High School Equivalency Diploma (TASC)

The Student Exit Summary should be completed during the final year of high school but must be completed and provided to the student before graduation. The Student Exit Summary should reflect the student’s strengths, limitations, needs and skills.

The team preparing the Student Exit Summary should be made up of individual’s who know the students skills, strengths, limitations, needs, interests and goals.  These team members should have a relationship with the student, everyone’s input is important!  An example of team members would be:

  • The Student (this is about them!)
  • Family
  • Special Education Teacher
  • General Education Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Related Service Providers
  • Adult Service Providers (if appropriate)

How can the Student Exit Summary help the student in post high school settings, the workplace, or community?

  • Summarizes skills and strengths
  • Summarizes limitations and needs for supports and services
  • Provides strategies to help the student tocontinue to be successful in their goals
  • Provides documentation to help determine eligibility for adult vocational rehabilitation services
  • Could be used as documentation for financial benefits
  • Helpful for residential placements
  • Lists accommodations needed in college and/or workplace

Check back for next month’s Hot Topic to learn about the Academic Achievement, Functional Performance, and Recommendation section of the Student Exit Summary.

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