Assessment is…. A process of gathering relevant information to plan, evaluate, or make decisions (academic assessment, transition assessment, career assessment, vocational assessment). Information can be gathered from multiple people and places over a period of time.
A process of gathering relevant information to plan, evaluate, or make decisions (academic assessment, transition assessment, career assessment, vocational assessment).
Information can be gathered from multiple people and places over a period of time.
“Transition assessment is an ongoing process of collecting information on the student’s strengths, needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future living, learning and working environments.
Assessment data serve as the common thread in the transition process and form the basis for defining goals and services to be included in the IEP.”
All stakeholders participate in the process of information-gathering and decision-making
2007 Corwin Press. Assess for Success: A Practitioner’s Handbook on Transition Assessment, 2nd ed., by Stillingtion, Neubert, Begun, Lombard, and Leconte
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Adapted from B. Charton (2007). Arkansas Dept. of Ed. Transition Assessment Toolkit
Information from volunteer placements, training situations,
Be sure to make use of the assessment data that is already being collected by Guidance Counselors in your school!
(Approximately 5 min.)
Example Results from Quick Assessment
(Approximately 30 min.)
(Approximately 30 min.)
Looks at the areas in the environment that the student will use, analyzes the demands by listing the sub-environments, activities, and skills that will need to be learned.
Must be completed before Situational Assessment can be completed.
For students with significant needs including communication needs, a personalized picture portfolio helps to introduce them to teachers, potential employers, etc.
Your Employment Selections (YES!) is motion-video, Internet-based job preference program for youth and adults with disabilities. This program allows youth and adult participants with limited or no reading skills to watch videos of jobs, listen as a narrator describes key tasks in each job, and select preferred ones. The program shows motion video for 120 different jobs. When 2-3 preferred jobs are selected, a facilitator (such as a teacher) rates the job seeker on various work dimensions based on the job seeker's skill levels. The result is identification of the best-matched job, strengths and weaknesses, and training priorities.
Secondary Transition and Indicator 13: A Focus on Students with Significant Needs
April 29, 2010
Rosemary Nilles , Linda Loar, Kathryn Enos
Sopris West Publishers
Interactive, web-based career exploration
Geared for middle school age students
Also contains parent content
Register and create password to use
This language-free occupational interest inventory is designed to measure career interest in people who have little or no English skills or limited reading and writing abilities. It consists of 66 live-action images showing people performing typical job duties in actual work environments.Using a score sheet, viewers rate each occupation on a scale of 1 to 5. The scores are then totaled for each occupational type: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.22 minutes. Available in DVD format only.
Assessing aptitudes may include areas such as:
Free, online assessments designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction
Assist PA educators in identifying students’ academic strengths and areas of need, providing links to classroom resources
Integrated and aligned with the Standards Aligned System (SAS)
Environmental Job Assessment (E-JAM)
Includes in-depth assessments of job-oriented, academic, and functional life skills in the context of employment, post-secondary education, and real-world situations. These assessments cover a broad range of skills:
PAES operates in a simulated work environment. Students become employees; teachers become supervisors. Strict procedures are followed so students get the feel of real work, at the same time learn and explore new career vocational areas.
Comprehensive Informal Inventory of Knowledge and Skills for Transition
Ansell-Casey Life Skills Inventory
Functional Independence Skills Handbook (FISH)
Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children (COACH)
Leisure Diagnostic Battery
AIR Self-Determination Scale.
Arc Self-Determination Scale
• Every Move Counts Clicks and Chats
• Tangible Symbol System
• Design to Learn: An Environmental Inventory
• All Kids Communicate
• Social Networks: A Communication inventory
• Home Talk: a Family Assessment of Children who are Deafblind
• Behavior Indication Assessment Scale (BIAS)
• Inventory of Potential Communicative Acts (IPCA)