Tools for Assessing
Transition assessments are required annually to develop and update transition plans. There are many assessments available and we hope you will take time to research and review what is out there. It’s important to choose assessments that are appropriate for your student and that will provide the information the team needs to establish meaningful goals the student can work toward achieving! Remember that assessments should be provided on-going and can be formal or informal. Assessments can take different forms (questionnaires, documented observations, etc.), but whatever form, make sure the results are accessible and that you have documented the assessment on Form 400. So, take a look at a list of some transition assessments and then explore some of the tools that can assist you in the transition assessment process.
Establish a timeline for the assessment process at your school, possibly using some of these tools:
Assessment Timeline Tools:
Please remember that these tools should serve only as a guide and may include suggestions that do not meet the requirements of Arkansas
regulations, or exceed requirements in Arkansas regulations. If you have questions when using any of these tools, please contact your
Transition Student Interview - A great place to begin gathering information on your student!
The TAGG - The TAGG is a new on-line transition assessment for secondary aged youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. TAGG items derive from research identified student behaviors associated with post high school employment and education. The TAGG provides a norm-based graphic profile, present level of performance statement, lists of strengths and needs, and suggested IEP annual transition goals. Click here to watch a demo video.
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Transition Assessment Matrix - This site has been put together by the Indiana Northeast Cadre of Transition Leaders and the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center. You will be able to choose the Transition Domain (Employment, Education/Training, Independent Living) that you wish to explore transition assessments for. Once you choose a domain, you may then choose the appropriate grade level(s), and the disability area(s) that are most similar to the needs of the student(s) you are assessing. A great tool to explore transition assessments that address your students needs!
College Readiness Survey - This survey gives you a quick look at your readiness for college. Do you think you are ready to go to college?
Study Skills Assessment - Take this quiz to assess your college study skills!
Authentic Assessments - Dr. Joni Schmalzried, Project Coordinator at the Center on Community Living and Careers, Indiana University, provided this information in a recent webinar regarding collecting authentic assessment data. Use these forms to gather important information based on transition activities and services that go with these forms or use these forms as a way to assess a student’s interests, needs, preferences and strengths. These forms can help students, teachers, and family members obtain information on activities within their transition plan that can enhance future programming, as well as provide evidence that the activities have taken place. If you would like more information on this, contact your transition consultant!
Career and Technical Education Report
Career Fair Reflection Sheet
Career / Job Comparison
Career / Job Initial Review
College / Technical School Initial Review
In School Job Checklist / Data Sheet
Integrated / Co-Taught / Inclusive Data Sheet
On Campus College Visit Reflection
Post Secondary School Comparison
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Assessments for Parents
Often parents have information that can be included in a transition plan, making it more meaningful. If you are a parent, consider reviewing these simple, yet important tools, and providing the information to your child’s teacher.
Assistive Technology Assessments and Tools
IDEA requires the consideration for technology needs for students with disabilities. These could be services or devices that are defined in IDEA. When students are planning to transition into the adult world it is critical that they are aware of available technology that they can use to support them in the post-secondary environment. IEP teams (including students and families) can greatly benefit from the tools provided below:
Student Self Evaluation Matrix - The self-evaluation matrix is intended to measure and improve assistive technology transfer to higher education settings.
Transition Skills Checklist - use this assessment to determine what skills your students demonstrate and what skills they need to acquire.
Assistive Technology Assessment Process Planner - use this process planner when classroom strategies and tools do not meet the student’s needs.
Assistive Technology Implementation Plan - use this template to develop a plan to implement assistive technology with your students.
Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning - this guide will provide you with information on transition, how to ensure your students' assistive technology needs are supported in the transition from high school to adult life, and information on laws related to transition and accommodations. There are many tools and valuable resources within this guide to help include consideration of assistive technology in the transition process.
TOOLS FOR STUDENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Teaching Students with Visual Impairment - a helpful resource for classroom teachers learning how to meet the unique needs of a student with visual impairments, parents of students with visual impairments, administrators and visual impairment professionals . It has general transition information and banks of goals/activities for different areas.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired - a great resource to parents of students who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired and the professionals who serve these students.
The Transition Competencies Checklist - students can use this self-evaluation tool to assess their strengths and weaknesses in skill areas crucial to transition.
Transitioning from high school to adult life often makes individuals think of where they will live, go to school and work. Something that is often overlooked is healthcare transition. This is an important piece to a successful transition. After all, where would we be if we didn't have the ability to take care of our health needs? Take the HEALTHCARE TRANSITION READINESS ASSESSMENT.
GOT TRANSITION - This website aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult healthcare through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.
Tools for Students with Severe Disabilities: