How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

States and districts need to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, complete high school, enter postsecondary education, earn a degree or certificate, and find employment that leads to independence, self-sufficiency, and a living wage career. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with greater flexibility to support college and career readiness for students with disabilities. This resource includes:

  • A brief that explores how states can leverage ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to promote college and career readiness for students with disabilities through high expectations and access to the general curriculum, a well-round education, career pathways and transition planning, personalized and competency-based learning, subgroup accountability, and alignment across policies and programs. 
  • An infographic that highlights how participation and concentration in career and technical education programs can help improve readiness and success in college and careers for students with disabilities.

Facilitator's Guide

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Academic Supports
Career and Technical Education
Competency-Based Education
Deeper Learning
Personalized Learning
Transition: High School to Career
Transition: High School to College