Transitions occur when students move from one school environment to another. Major transitions are: preschool to elementary school, elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to postsecondary. Effective transition programs help students move to a new school, become a part of the new school, and maintain their social and academic status. With the implementation of transition programs and the support of parents, teachers, and administrators, transitions can become more effective and less intimidating.

 ESSA Statute includes requirements on transitions:

  • Each LEA plan shall describe how the LEA will support, coordinate, and integrate services provided under this part with early childhood education programs at the LEA or individual school level, including plans for the transition of participants to local elementary school programs and strategies to facilitate effective transitions for students from middle grades to high school and from high school to postsecondary education - Section 1112
  • A eligible school operating a schoolwide program shall develop a comprehensive plan that includes a description of strategies to assist preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs to local elementary school programs - Section 1114
  • Each targeted assistance program shall serve participating students by coordinating with and supporting the regular educational program, which may include services to assist preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs - Section 1115