Guidelines for Transition Assessment

Transition assessment, as defined by The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children, is an “…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. Assessment data serve as the common thread in the transition process and form the basis for defining goals and services to be included in the Individualized Education Program (IEP)” (1997).

Key components of meaningful transition assessments are:

  • INDIVIDUALIZED - Created for a specific student and not a standard protocol or routine practice
  • ONGOING - Throughout the student's educational career, focusing on preferences, interests, strengths and needs
  • FUTURE ORIENTED - Clearly describes the identified skills and challenges and the implications for the student as an adult working, learning, and living in the community

This section includes information to support individuals, parents and professionals as they work together to create transition plans through the use of age-appropriate transition assessment.


NSTTAC Transition Assessment Tool Kit
The Tool Kit provides information about the significance of transition assessment, including transition assessment tools and methods.


Quickbook of Transition Assessments
A resource that provides families and school personnel with information related to transition assessment including suggested transition activities, student and family member interview questionnaires, transition assessment tools, etc.
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State Support Team 10 Secondary Transition Update: Age Appropriate Assessment
A one-page compare and contrast table to assist in understanding relevant features of the process of age appropriate transition assessment.
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Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment: A Collaborative Work of DCDT, CEC, nsttac & IDEAs That Work
A resource that provides information that answers common questions related to transition assessment.
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Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment
Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment (AATA) is a process that is required for all transition-age youth who have an IEP. The process of AATA and the intended outcome can be confusing for many educational teams. This presentation offers a practical understanding of AATA, meaningful information about AATA, and examples of tools to consider as part of the process.
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Transition Assessment Planning Form
An AATA Planning Form that assists teams in selecting and identifying activities, tools, and procedures that will result in meaningful information to guide the ongoing development of the transition plan.
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Transition-to-Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
A comprehensive document that provides guidance and resources for parents and professionals during the process of transition to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
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The Right Match: Employment (Appendix A of OCALI's Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders)
An informal tool that can be used to gather information about an individual's needs, supports, and desires related to employment to assist in determining the best match between a potential employment situation and a specific person. Special attention is paid to areas of concern for individuals with ASD.
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Employability/Life Skills Assessment (Appendix C of OCALI's Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders)
A criterion-referenced checklist for assessing a transition-age student's level of performance in 24 critical employability skill areas.
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