How do you conduct transition assessment? It is a big process and can feel really overwhelming. Yet understanding the knowledge and skills each student has currently and what they still need to learn in the future is critical to the success of their educational experiences and life after high school. One way to make the process seem less daunting is to use a set of questions or a framework to guide your work, but we will talk about that more in a minute. For now, here are a few initial questions to get you started in thinking about how to do transition assessment.

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 Each of these questions has its own set of considerations. Taking the time to answer the question "Why?" will save you time in the long run. Ask yourself, the following questions before you move forward with the assessment.

The second question is important for you to think about, since the information you collect will be used in the IEP. Ask yourself,

See what you think about the examples below. Did the teacher in these examples ask themselves about what they hoped to get out of the assessment before they decided to give it?

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Joe, has a postsecondary goal of going to college. He is a senior already accepted into pre-med at Pudue. His teacher decided to give him an interest inventory.


Julie is a 14 year old student whose postsecondary goal says, I will work in the field of animal husbandry. Her teacher does a student/family interview to determine what it is that interests Julie about animal husbandry.

 After deciding why you are doing the assessment and what information you will gain from the assessment, ask yourself:

checkmark.jpg Check out the free assessment tools we've gathered for you by clicking on the words Tools & Matrix on the left side of your screen.

 How do you decide which tool to use?

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 In thinking about any assessment, practical reality is always an important factor too. For instance: