Age-appropriate transition assessment information (e.g., academic, cognitive, career/occupational, adaptive behavior) is routinely collected and:
- used to identify the student’s preferences, interests, choices, and needs;
- reflected in the summary of student’s present level of academic achievement and functional performance;
- used as a basis for developing measureable postsecondary goals in the IEP
General assessment resources
- Examples on the Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment page of our Transition IEP Tool.
- Transition Assessment Self-Reflection Tool (PDF, 7 pages, 2018), from Transition Tennessee.
- Recordings and materials from Next Steps webinar, “Transition Assessment: Know 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.
Compilations of assessments
- 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 list.
- 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.
- The online Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) is a a strong research-based snapshot of self-determination. There are three inventories: Student Report (SDI:SR), Parent/Teacher Report (SDI:PTR), and Adult Report (SDI:AR). From the Kansas University Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Vocational & career exploration assessments
- 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)
College readiness assessments
Student Resource Guide (PDF, 30 pages, 2018) from Routledge has a College Readiness Assessment starting on page 14, and a series of college readiness activities.
Landmark College developed a Guide to Assessing College Readiness (PDF, 6 pages, 2009) to help parents and students assess readiness for college work.
New content 9/28/20