Transition Assessment

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

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. Covers the purposes and process of transition assessment, and provides help in selecting and using formal and informal assessments.
  • 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.

Self-determination assessments



Assistive technology assessments

Independent living asessments



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