Transition assessment is any assessment that occurs after a youth turns 14. The goal of an assessment is to answer any questions about a youth that could help to inform an education plan or transition plan. There is not one magic assessment that provides the information needed. Transition assessment should be a combination of several assessments that provide a well-rounded picture of a youth’s strengths, interests, and areas for needed support.
The IEP must include “ …appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment and where appropriate, independent living skills; …” IDEA (20 U.S.C. §1414 (d)(1)(A)(i)(VIII))
Still not sure what transition assessment means?
1. Watch this Federation for Children with Special Needs webinar on transition assessment.
2. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education explains what transition assessment means for school districts.
3. The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center provides an overview of age-appropriate transition assessments (PDF) and their role in transition planning.
4. Some example transition assessments (PDF) could be a formal academic assessment or an informal observation of youth accessing the community.