Transition Assessment Introduction



Why should we assess students with disabilities during transition planning?


As educators, we spend time each day assessing students for the purposes of tracking progress, targeting areas for improvement, and providing feedback. However, we may not consider the value and significance of any type of systematic transition assessment. In addition, the recently reauthorized IDEA (2004) now requires that identifying post-secondary goals are to be “based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.” Therefore, it is even more important for special educators to know about and use effective transition assessments.

Practitioners continue to struggle with critical issues of transition assessment including:

  • Defining it
  • Implementing assessment plans
  • Interpreting and applying data

All of these are critical components of meeting the individualized needs of students with disabilities and impacting adult outcomes.

The goal of this module is to explore recommended practices in transition assessment. We will present various types and approaches for assessment, relate assessment to the transition process, and provide opportunities for applying these research-based ideas.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this online training, you will be able to:

Session 1: Understanding Transition Assessment

Define transition assessment, as it relates to youth with disabilities.
Describe the foundational elements of transition assessment, including self-determination and person-centered planning.
Describe the roles for practitioners, students, and families in transition assessment.
Examine your own school and district assessment processes.

Session 2: Types and Approaches

Describe the types and approaches in transition assessment.
Describe how to create an assessment plan and key attributes of the process.
Distinguish between formal and informal assessments.
Discuss benefits and limitations of both formal and informal assessments.
Summarize benefits and limitations of various informal assessments.

Session 3: Assessment Process

Describe assessment in the form of a process.
Describe the assessment process, including characteristics and mile markers.
Describe factors to consider in administering various assessments.
Discuss key components in presenting assessment data to students, families, and staff.
Describe what to do with assessment data after it has been collected and interpreted.