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Post-secondary education, specific learning disabilities, summary of performance, transition, SOP


Transition for students with disabilities has been the focus of educational policies for several decades. Still, students with disabilities, including those with a specific learning disability (SLD), continue to experience difficulties transitioning to post-school environments, particularly post-secondary education (PSE). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004) requires schools to provide a Summary of Performance (SOP) to students receiving special education services during their final year of high school. Although the SOP must include recommendations for helping students meet their post-secondary goals there is little guidance leading to inconsistencies across states. The purpose of this article is to review the SOP, provide recommendations for implementation based on available research, and provide resources for educators to help prepare students with SLD for transition to PSE.

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Julie D. Southward & Mariya T. Davis (2020) Summary of performance: bridging the transition from high school to Post-Secondary education for students with SLD, Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, DOI: 10.1080/1045988X.2020.1769012

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth on 1 June, 2020, available online:

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