Quality Indicators of Exemplary Transition Programs Needs Assessment Instrument (QI-2)
July, 2012 version

Mary E. Morningstar, Amy Gaumer Erickson, Dana L. Lattin, and Hyunjoo Lee

University of Kansas
Dept. of Special Education


This is a self-assessment instrument designed to help schools and districts determine the most critical needs within a transition program. This instrument is best utilized if multiple transition stakeholders complete it (e.g., teachers, administrators, parents, others). The data can be then compiled into a single summary for the district. To do this, you will need to Contact Us so we can help you.

To complete the self-assessment, review each quality indicator and determine the status of the indicator for your program, school or district. Identify whether each indicator is in place or has yet to be achieved.

When you have completed the self-assessment, you will be provided with a Summary Sheet with the scores for each transition quality indicator and an average for each domain. You can use the results found on the Summary Sheet to create a plan for making changes to your program.

Information Statement

The Transition Coalition with the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education supports the practice of protection for human subjects participating in research. The following information is provided for you to decide whether you wish to participate in the present study. You should be aware that even if you agree to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without penalty.

We are conducting this study to better understand the transition program needs of school districts. This will entail your completion of an online needs assessment. The needs assessment is expected to take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

The content of the needs assessment should cause no more discomfort than you would experience in your everyday life. Although participation may not benefit you directly, we believe that the information obtained from this study will help us gain a better understanding of the specific needs school districts have in meeting the transition needs of their secondary special education students. Your participation is solicited, although strictly voluntary. Your name will not be associated in any way with the research findings. If you would like additional information concerning this study before or after it is completed, please feel free to contact us by phone or mail.

Completion of the survey indicates your willingness to participate in this project and that you are at least age 18. If you have any additional questions about your rights as a research participant, you may call (785) 864-7429 or write the Human Subjects Committee Lawrence Campus (HSCL), University of Kansas, 2385 Irving Hill Road, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7563, email hscl@ku.edu.

You may withdraw your consent to participate in this study at any time. You also have the right to cancel your permission to use and disclose information collected about you, in writing, at any time, by sending your written request to: Dana Lattin, Project Coordinator, Transition Coalition, Dept. of Special Education, Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 1122 West Campus Rd., Rm 521, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3101 or by sending an email to dlattin@ku.edu.


Morningstar, M.E. Erickson, A.G., Lattin, D.L. & Lee, H. (Revised June, 2012). Quality indicators of exemplary transition programs needs assessment summary [Assessment tool]. Lawrence, KS. University of Kansas, Department of Special Education. Retrieved from www.transitioncoalition.org

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