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Assessment Tools

There are many valuable tools you can use to get to know your student. Keep in mind that not only is it important to gather information across settings and time, but it is also important to collect information from multiple sources. We have organized the assessment tools into three steps:

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Get to know the student



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Talk with the family

Talk with the family about their perspectives on their child's interests, strengths, preferences and support needs. Remember that the tool(s) you choose should match the family's comfort zone and align with their culture, beliefs and values. Click here for a tip sheet on supporting culturally diverse families.



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Review existing data.

Just as a reminder, you should get to know the student first, then review the data. Ask yourself: Does this information match what you know about the student?


Remember that each example given may or may not collect information that is useful for your specific student. It is important to find assessment tools that match your individual student. An easy-to-use tool now allows you to find age-appropriate transition assessments. Search by employment, education/training, or independent living and by grade level and disability. Then scroll through descriptions of the assessments before downloading them for your students. Click HERE to begin using the transition assessment matrix.

attempt 3.jpg Afer reviewing all of the collected assessment data, you will identify the knowledge and skills a student needs to achieve her/his postschool outcomes. Remember the postschool goals in the Transition IEP must be based on assessment results in the areas of

(Roll over these terms for the definition.)







Want to learn more?

jim martin.jpg Watch an online webinar by Dr. Jim Martin on Transition Assessment for Students with Severe & Multiple Disabilities by clicking on the graphic to the left.







Complete the Transition Assessment Module with Dr. Mary Held by clicking on the graphic to the left.






 O'Net Resource Center contains free resources, online interest inventories, and video clips of many jobs. http://www.onetcenter.org/


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth is a partnership of experts in disability, education, employment and workforce development which is a source of information about employment and youth with disabilities. www.ncwd-youth.info


America Institute for Research (AIR) Self-determination assessments. These assessments develop a profile of the student's self-determination, strengths and areas for improvement, and identifies academic goals which could be incorporated into the Transition IEP. Click here to review this free assessments (Spanish version also available).