For students with IEPs
Definition within student-focused planning: Age-appropriate transition assessment information is a) used to identify the student’s preferences, interests, choices, and needs; b) reflected in the summary of student’s present level of academic achievement and functional performance; and c) used as a basis for the development of measureable postsecondary goals in the IEP.
Definition within student development: When a student has an IEP, age-appropriate transition assessment information (e.g., academic, cognitive, career/occupational, adaptive behavior) is routinely collected and used to inform student-focused planning.
Formal versus informal transition assessments
Formal transition assessments:
- To learn about a wide variety of skill levels in various areas (e.g., vocational, academic, social)
- Published tests: scores that compare students to others
- A starting point
- Types: learning style inventories, academic achievement tests, adaptive behavior scales, aptitude tests, interest inventories
Informal transition assessments:
- Observing the student in various academic and work experiences
- Talking with the student about likes and dislikes
- Setting up experiences to allow the student to try something that that may be of interest
- Often teacher-made, often do not result in a score
- The Transition Assessment Matrix from the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center has a wealth of information. It’s well-designed – you can explore assessments by domain (employment, education, independent living), grade level, type of disability, or any combination of the above.
- Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit, 4th edition (PDF, 64 pages, 2016) from NTACT, the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition.
- The Transition Coalition maintains a list of assessments with user reviews. You can see what other people think and also add your own opinions.
- List of transition assessment websites from the Transition Coalition, University of Kansas. Click on Online Assessments and Resources at the bottom of their list to see the websites lis
- AIR Self-Determination Assessment (free)
- Index of Learning Styles from North Carolina State University (free)
- Self-determination assessments from the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma.
- Self-Determination Inventory System, a strong research-based snapshot of self-determination.
- Brigance Transition Skills Inventory
- O*Net Online (free)
- O*Net Resource Center (free)
- Career Cruising
- Choices360 (formerly Bridges)
- SIGI (System of Integrated Guidance and Information)
- Examples on the Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment page of our Transition IEP Tool.
- Recordings and materials from Next Steps webinar, “Transition Assessment: Knowing the Options and How to Use Them“
- Zarrow Center’s Transition Assessment and Goal Generator (TAGG). It costs $3/student and is becoming widely used in schools.
- Age Appropriate Transition Assessment: The Position of the Division on Career Development and Transition (PDF, 12 pages, 2013), a position paper that identifies federal policy; definitions, terms, and purposes; a conceptual framework and process; and competencies for personnel involved in age-appropriate transition assessment. Published in Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.
- Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges (PDF, 140 pages, 2005). Information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment, and additional issues such as accommodations, legal issues, and ethical considerations. From the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability. Can be downloaded by section.
Links checked 5/27/19