IDEA 2004 states that “Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team, and updated annually, thereafter, the IEP must include—
(1) Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills” [§300.320 (b) (1)].
-From the Age Appropriate Transition Assessment DCDT & NSTTAC Fact Sheet
What is Transition Assessment?
- An individualized, ongoing process of data collection on a student’s needs, preferences, interests
- A mix of formal and informal assessment tools and information
- A tool to help guide the development of postsecondary goals
- A process that is determined by guiding questions
The transition assessment process considers driving questions such as:
- What do we already know about the student?
- What gaps exist?
Once we identify what we know and what we need to know, we gather information from everyone involved and determine next steps, including determining appropriate assessment tools or data collection methods. The transition assessment process involves the “All, Some, Few" Model. The following information on transition assessment and the "All, Some, Few" model is from the DESE Technical Assistance Advisory on Transition Assessment.
"For all students on IEPs, the Team may already possess certain types of information (e.g., data from the MCAS, report cards, achievement tests, work-based learning, preference surveys, student or family interviews, etc.). For some students on IEPs, Teams may have or need additional types of information (e.g., personality surveys, environmental or situational analyses, adaptive skills assessments, etc.). For a few students on IEPs, the Team may have or need more in-depth information (e.g., adaptive behavior assessments, functional vocational evaluation, life skills inventory)."
More information on Transition Assessment can be found on the DESE website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/advisories/2014-4ta.html
Transition Assessment in Newton
By age 14, the ongoing transition assessment process will begin to be documented through the Newton Public Schools Transition Assessment binder. Each student in special education will explore his or her interests, preferences, strengths, and needs by completing a range of assessment and document the results in the assessment binder to build their transition portfolio. The binder is a foundation of tools that students and their teams can select from. The transition assessment process is highly individualized, therefore students will have different assessments that vary in type, length, and content. There is no minimum or maximize for transition assessment since it depends on the student's unique interests and learning profile.
Middle School Transition Assessment Materials
Middle School Transition Questionnaire
Middle School Transition Planning Form Graphic Organizer
Middle School Transition Letter to the Team
Middle School Personal Strengths Checklist
Middle School Skills Checklist
9th Grade Transition Assessment Materials
9th Grade CITE Learning Styles Inventory
9th Grade Learning Styles Brainstorm
9th Grade Study Skills Self Exam
9th Grade TPF Graphic Organizer
9th Grade Holland Code Graphic Organizer
9th Grade Holland Code Hexagon
9th Grade Links for Career Exploration
10th Grade Transition Assessment Materials
10th Grade Work Environment Checklist
10th Grade Accommodations Graphic Organizer
10th Grade AIR Self Determination Scale
10th Grade Self-Determination Areas
10th Grade Questions about Accommodations
10th Grade Post-Secondary Planning Survey
10th Grade Study Skills Self-Exam
10th Grade TPF Graphic Organizer
11th Grade Transition Assessment Materials
11th Grade Assessment for Post-Secondary Education
11th Grade Differences between High School & College
11th Grade Holland Code Graphic Organizer
11th Grade Holland Code Hexagon
11th Grade Links for Exploring Careers
11th Grade Personal Networks Next Steps
11th Grade Study Skills Self Exam
11th Grade TPF Graphic Organizer
12th Grade Transition Assessment Materials
12th Grade Are you ready for college?
12th Grade Accommodations Graphic Organizer
12th Grade Differences between high school and college
12th Grade Post-Secondary Planning Survey
12th Grade Study Skills Self Exam
12th Grade TPF Graphic Organizer
12th Grade Summary of Performance