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Transition Planning in the Schools: Using the Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scales, 4th Ed.
Severson, S., Enderle, J., & Hoover, J. ( 2006)
Moorhead, MN: ESTR Publications.

Planning in the Schools
assists educators administer and score the
ESTR (Enderle-Severson Transition Rating) scales. It contains case studies
for three students and helps educators plan assessment and IEP needs
using the ESTR scales. It includes updates for the 2004 Individuals
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. The ESTR is typically used
with students with cognitive and more severe disabilities.

  1. jeniferrandlesbcglobal-net jeniferrandlesbcglobal-net says:

    ESTR Scale (Enderle-Stevenson Transition Rating Scale) 1991, revised 1996, 2003,


    The Enderle-Stevenson Transition Rating Scale provides scores in five different areas (Employment, Recreation and Leisure, Home Living, Community Participation, and Post-secondary Education. It mentions that it is to be completed by the teacher with input from the parent (and student). It also has a worksheet for students to document their preferences and interest. It does offer a simple way of recording answers, only marking a "yes" or "no" for each item. Scoring seems to be just as easy as well. Most items also have examples for assistance in deciding if a student has that skill.

    I do think that this assessment lacks in assessing social skills/networking knowledge. Youth need to know how to build their connections, whether for recreation, employment, etc. There were no questions on either assessment (the teacher completed form or student preferences) to indicate a student's level of performance and knowledge in this.

    The recreation & leisure section also seems a little skimpy with only 4 questions.

    I also believe that a student's self-confidence and self-awareness should be addressed in a different or separate area (it is included in the post-secondary education in this assessment).

    This assessment would be most useful with learners with mild disabilities, as opposed to the short description provided above.

  2. jwehrli-wehrligmail-com says:

    This is more of an informal assessment. It is a rating scale that is done by the student.  It is a great tool that is written from the student's point of view.  The student provides their strengths and areas they would like to improve in different categories.  

  3. khirthmnu-edu says:

    In my opinion this is more of an informal assessment.  It would be a great tool I would use in my classroom because it takes into account student's individual prefrences and ideas abotu what they would like to do. 

  4. mlouismnu-edu says:

    The Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale (ESTR-Scale) creates transition plans that are developed in multiple categories; job training, recreation, home living, community participation, and postsecondary training.  I just didn't find this scale to be as comprehensive as other informal assessments have been on this website, and would probably choose several others over this one.  I like how this resource provides a lot of assistance to special education teachers, and I like how the items reflect difficulty level, but it doesn't seem as user friendly as other scales.

  5. leahmggmail-com says:

    I like that this is geared to include administrators and that is is focused on students with cognitive delays.  It's also very nice that it is updated to reflect the latest IDEA regulations.  

  6. ramarlowmnu-edu says:

    This is an informal assessment that provides information regarding employment, recreation and leisure, home living, community participation, and post-secondary education.  It is tailored towards students with mild disabilities and gathers input from parents, teachers and the student.  The Enderle-Severson Rating Scales implement simple recording and scoring methods for collecting information.  The primary benefit of this assessment is that it involves the student the IEP team, transitional planning and allow them to recommend goals for themselves.  In my opinion, this assessment would be most effective in conjunction with other informal assessments to develop a student’s transitional plan.


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