Transition Assessment: A Working Definition
Transition assessment is gathering information to guide the transition planning process and the development of the postsecondary goals and the transition services and activities the student will receive. A policy statement from the Council on Exceptional Children's, Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT). The policy states that transition assessment is:
The ongoing process of collecting data on the individual's needs, preferences and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social environments. The process should begin in middle school and continue until the student graduates or exits high school. Information from this process should be used to drive the IEP and transition planning process and to develop the SOP document detailing the student's academic and functional performance and postsecondary goals. (Sitlington, Neubert, Laconte 2007, pp. 2-3).
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And Remember...Quality assessment happens on an ongoing basis across the year....and each assessment builds upon the previous.