Awareness of Postsecondary Options

Definition: All students take part in assessment of college, career, and independent living readiness (e.g., academic, cognitive, career/occupational, adaptive behavior). The assessment data is routinely collected and used to inform student-focused planning.


  • Readiness assessments
  • College and other postsecondary education options

Readiness assessments

See the Transition Assessment part of the Transition IEP Tool on our site, which includes essential elements, examples, and video.

Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, developed a Guide to Assessing College Readiness to help parents and students assess college readiness.

College and other postsecondary options

Students have more options than they realize after high school.  See Education Options After High School on our site.

Our College page covers:

  • differences between high school and college
  • finding a disability-friendly college
  • college life with a disability
  • getting ready for college

Scholarships for NH students entering a STEM field, from the NH Charitable Foundation.

A little dense to read but has good questions and information: Awareness of Postsecondary Options from the Heath Resource Center at George Washington University. Organized in a Q&A format with a bulleted list summary.

Explore non-degree postsecondary options in this two-part series from the Heath Resource Center at George Washington University. Part 1 of “Non-Degree Postsecondary Options for Individuals with Disabilities” highlights a broad range of postsecondary options. Part 2 highlights select programs and services throughout the United States.

Explore Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the postsecondary level:

Related framework pages

This area overlaps with other areas of the Framework. See the pages below, depending on your area of interest:

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