What Are the Different Types of Assessment?

The focus of transition assessment is unique for each student and the type of tool a teacher chooses to use depends on what information is needed. Sometimes you are looking for information on knowledge and skill levels as they will impact the student in meeting their postsecondary goals. Other times you may want to know a student's interests or preferences or the supports they may need to succeed. At times you may want to select a standardized test because you need information about a student's abilities, or aptitudes.

Other questions that need to be answered about how students apply what they have learned in real-life settings call for data gathering in less formal ways. Often teachers use assessments that they author themselves or that are occuring in other places in the school like general education classes and guidance activities. Click on the presentation below to find out more about the different types of transition assessment tools.


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Sometimes teachers may not realize that transition assessment information is right under their noses!paste_image19.jpgThroughout each school day students complete a variety of assignments. What they do, write and say might be useful to include as a part of the transition assessment for that student. Look at this example and see if you can pull useful transition assessment information from this High School English writing assignment!

 Can You Analyze This?

This is a work sample written by a high school student. What can you learn from this paper that could be considered transition assessment information? Write your ideas in the box provided below.

An Education Lasts a Lifetime

 Education is a key element in developing the skills necessary for a successful life. Too often students are more involved earning a paycheck than spending time on their academic studies. Students need to realize that their high school classes will prepare them for a brighter future.

 A high school student's time is very limited. Homework and extra-curricular activities are time consuming and if a student adds a job into this busy schedule, less time is devoted to their academic studies. The effects of this could be receiving lower grades or not taking challenging courses. A job would also limit the amount of time a teenager has for social activities and sports, thereby causing a withdrawal from friends and the high school community.

 The job environment is not always beneficial to the student. In most cases the wages are low and the hours are long. Sometimes employers can be very demanding and schedules are not flexible. The skills being used may not be beneficial in furthering their career, and they might become comfortable with the paycheck and not strive to reach their full potential.

 Money is the root of many problems associated with teenagers. A paycheck gives a student the power to purchase many commodities including cars, clothing and electronics. They may also be exposed to drugs and alcohol. Students are being introduced to a new environment and the challenge of managing their money comes into play.

 Teenagers already have enough pressures and stress in their lives and they may find it difficult to juggle academics along with their work schedule. High school is a time of growth both mentally and physically. Students should focus their attention on their studies so they can one day achieve their dreams



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