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Using Transition Assessment Results to Write Transition Plans. Dr. Amber McConnell University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center Web: zarrowcenter.ou.edu. Postsecondary Goals. S tudents of transition age must have further education and employment postsecondary goals Independent living optional

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using transition assessment results to write transition plans

Using Transition Assessment Results to Write Transition Plans

Dr. Amber McConnell

University of Oklahoma

Zarrow Center

Web: zarrowcenter.ou.edu

postsecondary goals
Postsecondary Goals
  • Students of transition age must have further education and employment postsecondary goals
    • Independent living optional
  • Students have input and write goals based on answers to three questions:
    • Where do I want to live after completing high school?
    • What type of work do I want to do after completing high school?
    • How do I want to learn to do my job after completing high school?
  • Need to be updated annually
transition assessment model components
Transition Assessment Model Components
  • Education/Training
  • Employment
  • Independent Living
annual goal must be measurable
Annual goal must be measurable
  • A measurable goal includes the behavior or skill that can be measured at periodic intervals against some criterion of success.
annual goals need to include
Annual Goals Need to Include
  • Condition
    • involve the application of skills or knowledge and describe the materials and environment necessary for the goal to be completed.
  • Behavior
    • identifies the performance that is being monitored.
  • Criterion
    • how much, how often, or to what standards the behavior must occur
  • Timeframe
    • usually specified in the number of weeks or a certain date for completion
education training assessments

Education/Training Assessments

Part 1 of the 3-Part Transition Assessment Model

To create goals based on academics, functional academics, life centered competencies or career/technical or agricultural training.

guide to assessing college readiness
Guide to Assessing College Readiness
  • Landmark College Assessment
    • http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/styles/iidc/defiles/INSTRC/Webinars/College-Readiness_Assessment.pdf
  • Read each item with student and discuss
  • Provides Assessment for Self-Advocacy to include in annual transition goals
  • Five Domains
      • Academic Skills
      • Self-Understanding
      • Self-Advocacy
      • Executive Functioning
      • Motivation and Confidence
self advocacy checklists
Self-Advocacy Checklists
  • Self-Advocacy crucial self-determination concept
    • Students speak and act on their own behalf
  • Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills Questionnaire
    • Student form
    • Parent form
    • Teacher forms (A & B)
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TAGG
  • An easy-to-use transition assessment based upon behaviors and experiences research has identified as associated with post-school employment and further education
  • Our TAGG assessment yields priority ranked annual transition goals and an overall strengths and needs profile.
tagg constructs
TAGG Constructs
  • Strengths and Limitations
  • Disability Awareness
  • Student Involvement in the IEP
  • Persistence
  • Goal setting and attainment
  • Interacting with Others
  • Employment
  • Support Community
development of employment assessments

Development of Employment Assessments

Part 2 of the 3-Part Transition Assessment Model

To create goals based on occupational awareness, employment related knowledge and skills and specific career pathway knowledge and skills.

employment options
Employment Options
  • Individual Competitive Employment
  • Individual Supported Employment
  • Group Supported Employment
  • At Home or Community-Based Entrepreneurial Jobs
career clusters
Career Clusters
  • Career Tech uses career clusters to sort programs.
vocational interests for high achieving students with mild disabilities
Vocational Interests for High Achieving Students With Mild Disabilities
  • Group Interest Inventories
    • ACT Explore
    • ACT Plan
  • U.S. Dept of Labor O*NET
    • www.onetcenter.org
    • Interest profiler, ability profiler
    • Look left under Products
    • Select career exploration tools
on line free interest inventories
On-Line Free Interest Inventories
  • Nebraska Career Connections
career awareness exploration
Career Awareness & Exploration
  • Watching
    • Video
      • http://acinet.org/acinet/videos.asp?id=27,&nodeid=27
      • Provides numerous videos for students to watch
        • English or Spanish
        • Job cluster and skill categories
        • Horse Training
        • Coast Guard Assistant
        • Construction Workers
annual goal must be measurable1
Annual goal must be measurable
  • A measurable goal includes the behavior or skill that can be measured at periodic intervals against some criterion of success.
annual goals need to include1
Annual Goals Need to Include
  • Condition
    • involve the application of skills or knowledge and describe the materials and environment necessary for the goal to be completed.
  • Behavior
    • identifies the performance that is being monitored.
  • Criterion
    • how much, how often, or to what standards the behavior must occur
  • Timeframe
    • usually specified in the number of weeks or a certain date for completion
independent living assessments

Independent Living Assessments

Part 3 of the 3-Part Transition Assessment Model

(Skills for self-determination, interpersonal interactions, communication, health/fitness and knowledge needed to successfully participate in Adult Lifestyles and other Post School Activities (e.g. skills needed to manage a household, maintain a budget and other responsibilities of an adult.)

life skills inventory
Life Skills Inventory
  • 15 domains (money, hygiene, safety, etc)
  • Four levels: basic, intermediate, advanced, exceptional
    • Must know 3 of 5 to advance from basic to intermediate
  • Must know the person or have family member complete
  • Cost: free
  • Available athttp://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/forms/10_267.pdf
enderle severson transition rating form
Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Form
  • ESTR-J
    • Students with mild disabilities
    • Parent (available in Spanish) and Teacher version
    • Five Transition areas
  • ESTR-III
    • Students with “more” disabilities
    • Parent and Teacher version
    • Five Transition areas
  • ESTR-S
    • Students with severe/multiple impairments
    • Parent and Teacher versions
    • Employment, Rec/leisure, home living, community participation, and adult life
    • Estr.net (each costs about $2.00)
casey life skills
Casey Life Skills
  • Web based and FREE!!!
  • Spanish, French or English, with numerous supplemental assessments
  • Youth and caregiver formats
  • Automatically scored and sent to you
  • Can obtain class summaries
  • Provides different levels of questions for students across functioning levels
  • www.caseylifeskills.org
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CLSA
  • Appropriate for all youth ages 14 to 21 regardless of living circumstances (i.e., in foster care, with bio-parents, in group homes or other places).
  • Comprehensive with 113 assessment items categorized within eight areas for skills, knowledge and awareness. Youth can complete one area at a time or finish the whole assessment in approximately 30-40 minute
younger youth
Younger Youth
  • Youth Assessment Level I (elementary ages)
    • This 33-item assessment is appropriate for younger youth ages 8-9 or any young person with reading and/or developmental challenges. Youth can self-report on communication, daily living, home life, self-care, and work and study skills.
  • Youth Assessment Level II (middle school ages)
    • With 49 items, this assessment is for youth ages 10-13. Like Youth Level I, it may be useful for young people with reading and/or developmental challenges. It assesses areas in communication, daily living, self-care, social relationships, and work and study skills
independent living assessments1
Independent Living Assessments
  • Personal Preference Indicators
    • Informal and free
  • Life Skills Inventory
    • Informal and free http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/forms/10_267.pdf
  • Independent Living Skills Assessment (and others)
    • https://sites.google.com/a/apps.edina.k12.mn.us/odin-b-portfolio/independent-living-skills
personal preference indicators
Personal Preference Indicators
  • Interview format
  • Family members, friends, professionals who know student well
  • Designed for students with significant support needs
  • Likes, dislikes, social indicators, choices
  • Health, body clock, future
  • Personal Preference Indicators
  • Cost: free
life skills inventory1
Life Skills Inventory
  • 15 domains (money, hygiene, safety, etc)
  • Four levels: basic, intermediate, advanced, exceptional
    • Must know 3 of 5 to advance from basic to intermediate
  • Must know the person or have family member complete
  • Cost: free
  • Available athttp://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/forms/10_267.pdf
enderle severson transition rating form1
Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Form
  • ESTR-J
    • Students with mild disabilities
    • Parent (available in Spanish) and Teacher version
    • Five Transition areas
  • ESTR-III
    • Students with “more” disabilities
    • Parent and Teacher version
    • Five Transition areas
  • ESTR-S
    • Students with severe/multiple impairments
    • Parent and Teacher versions
    • Employment, Rec/leisure, home living, community participation, and adult life
    • Estr.net (each costs about $2.00)
annual goal must be measurable2
Annual goal must be measurable
  • A measurable goal includes the behavior or skill that can be measured at periodic intervals against some criterion of success.
annual goals need to include2
Annual Goals Need to Include
  • Condition
    • involve the application of skills or knowledge and describe the materials and environment necessary for the goal to be completed.
  • Behavior
    • identifies the performance that is being monitored.
  • Criterion
    • how much, how often, or to what standards the behavior must occur
  • Timeframe
    • usually specified in the number of weeks or a certain date for completion
travis pace v the bogalusa city school board 2001
Travis Pace v. the Bogalusa City School Board (2001)
  • Parents allege the school district did not invite other agencies to the transition planning meeting
  • The district documented contact with state and local agencies, yet scheduling conflicts arose
  • SCHEDULING CONFLICTS MAY PRECLUDE ATTENDANCE BY AGENCIES, HOWEVER, SCHOOL MUST DOCUMENT THE CONTACT AND AGREED UPON SERVICES, AND PARENTS MUST BE NOTIFIED OF POSSIBLE SERVICES
caribou school department 2001
Caribou School Department (2001)
  • The student was not invited to the transition meeting
  • The transition plan stated “Graduation” as the postsecondary goal for the student
  • “TRANSITION PLANNING MUST BE MORE THAN GRADUATION.” The student was awarded college tuition, incidental costs of college attendance, and tutoring services.
sherri high et al v exeter township school district
Sherri High et al v. Exeter Township School District
  • The student’s postsecondary education goal was to attend college
  • The plan included 32 opportunities for transition counseling, transition assessment, job shadowing and internship, assistance with college testing, and career fair attendance.
  • The student did not complete college
  • While the district helped the student identify her desire to attend college, the district was not required to ensure she was successful in this pursuit.
student with a disability 51 idelr 89 n y sea 2008
Student with a Disability, 51 IDELR 89 (N.Y. SEA 2008)
  • Parents filed due process, alleging that the district failed to provide an appropriate transition plan.
  • The transition plan contained “attend a postsecondary institution for a Master of Science degree, live independently, and be competitively employed.”
  • The school argued the academic goals were linked to the post-school goal to attend college with math and writing goals.
  • The transition plan was deemed appropriate. Transition services should relate to the student’s post-school goals and annual goals must be linked to that goal.
lancaster independent school district 1998
Lancaster Independent School District (1998)
  • Transition services were offered in the last semester of high school
  • Parents stated, “It was unreasonable to expect a student operating on a sixth grade level, in his strongest subject, to take the SAT or know how to start a cosmetology business.”
  • THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS ORDERED TO PROVIDE THE RECOMMENDED COUNSELING SERVICES AND TO CONDUCT EVALUATIONS TO DETERMINE WHICH ADDITIONAL TRANSITION SERVICES WERE NEEDED.
san diego unified school district 2002
San Diego Unified School District, 2002
  • A parent of an 18 year-old with Down Syndrome alleged an inappropriate reading program was a barrier to the student’s post-school employment.
  • The school district focused on learning sight words in the community and first-grade books
  • HEARING OFFICER RULED THAT NO ONE TAUGHT THE STUDENT THE READING SKILLS NEEDED FOR SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT AND INDEPENDENT LIVING, INCLUDING “JOB APPLICATION, JOB DESCRIPTION, MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION, BUS SCHEDULES, MAPS, STORE PRICES, AND FOOD LABELS.” THE DISTRICT PAID FOR A 1-YEAR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM.
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For More Information Contact:

Amber McConnell, Ph.D.

University of Oklahoma

Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment

338 Cate Center Drive, Room 190

Norman, OK 73019

Phone: 405-325-8951

E-mail: ambermcc@ou.edu

Web: zarrowcenter.ou.edu