Summary of Performance
The Summary of Performance (SOP) is required under the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
IDEA requires the following: “For a child whose eligibility under special education terminates due to graduation with a regular diploma, or due to exceeding the age of eligibility, the local education agency shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance, which shall include recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals.”
The SOP, with the accompanying documentation, is critical as a student transitions from high school to higher education, post-secondary training and/or employment. This information is necessary to establish a student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodations and supports in postsecondary settings under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The SOP is most useful when coordinated with the Georgia Performance Standards, Georgia graduation requirements, course of study and the IEP/transition plan.
It must be completed during the final year of a student’s high school education. The timing for completion of the SOP may vary depending on the student’s desired postsecondary goals. For example, if a student is transitioning to higher education, the SOP, with additional documentation, may be needed as the student applies to a college or university. Likewise, this information may be needed prior to graduation as a student applies for services from agencies identified in the transition plan. For other students, it may be appropriate to wait until the spring of a student’s last year in school to finalize the information on the performance of the student.
When developing the SOP, the student should actively participate. Other IEP team members, family members or other community agencies involved in this student’s transition planning process should also provide input. The SOP becomes the student’s resume as he or she transitions to postsecondary settings.
Summary of Performance Forms and Instructions for Teachers - click here to access Instructions for completing SOPs.