Assessment  

 Assessing Students with Significant Disabilities for Supported Adulthood: Exploring Appropriate Transition Assessments  

This PowerPoint presentation addresses appropriate transition assessments for students with significant disabilities. It was created by Dr. Mary E. Morningstar and Mary Pearson from the University of Kansas and was presented at the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Conference in Milwaukee, WI in October 2008. 

 Career Clusters 

Free Career Cluster – Plans of Study; free Career Clusters – Knowledge and Skills Charts; free Career Clusters – Interest Survey Activity. 

 Career Planning Begins With Assessment  

A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges; youth service practitioners will find information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment, and additional issues such as accommodations, legal issues, and ethical considerations 

 Casey Life Skills 

The Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessments provide instant feedback to assist the IEP team in developing customized transition learning plans.   

 Commercially Available Transition Assessments 

This is a downloadable list of transition assessment tools with links and brief descriptions of eight commercially available assessments.  

 Magellan Career Assessment Program 

Magellan uses 9 assessments and performance-based surveys to measure 12 interest areas and 27 criterion-referenced factors based on the U.S. Department of Labor's "Revised Handbook for Analyzing Jobs." Magellan's academic skills assessment is based on field-proven assessment software. 

 Transition Assessment Survey for Parents 

This survey allows parents to contribute to the transition assessment by identifying goals and dreams they have for their son/daughter as an adult after graduation.  

 Transition Assessment: The BIG Picture 

Good assessment is the basis for meaningful planning for students, families, and schools as they consider transition needs and needed transition services in the IEP process. 

 Transition Assessment Toolkit 

The Transition Assessment Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for IEP Teams, special education teachers and administrators, parents and students, and support staff as they conduct the age-appropriate transition assessment process. Adapted from the Highline School District Special Education, the Toolkit includes resources from the Center for Change in Transition Services and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. The Toolkit offers resource materials for formal and informal assessments and recommended transition assessments by grade level. It also offers lists of published tests and information on each. The web-based resources are centered on learning styles, employment/career planning, temperament surveys, multiple intelligences and many more. 

 WorkKeys 

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring real-world skills. WorkKeys connects work skills, training, and testing for education and employers, responds to the requirements of federal programs and legislation, supports economic and workforce programs and is the basis for the National Career Readiness Certificate.  

 Worker Traits and Characteristics Rating Standards                                                                                                                               

The Worker Traits and Characteristics Rating Standards is an evaluation tool that may be used to collect information for the students who are working in situational assessments, internships, or integrated employment settings.  Th results of the ratings may become part of a student's age-appropriate assessment data that is the initial step in the transition process.

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Career Planning  

 Career Cruising 

Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training. Subscription required. 

 Career Solutions 

Career Solutions Publishing Group develops classroom materials that focus on workplace ethics, work readiness, integration of academics and careers, and personal money management. Includes free lesson plans as well as paid ones.

 Career Key 

The Career Key is organized according to the three basic principles of good decision making:
        1. Know yourself--
your strengths, values personality and skills.
        2. Know your options. Think of as many alternative as you can
        3. Make good decisions.

 CareerScope and CareerScope Online

Comprehensive career assessment that measures aptitude and interest to inform career and education planning process. Assessments are offered through the Vocational Research Institute. Subscription required.

 Inside Jobs 

Inside Jobs is a free, user-friendly website where students can explore a wide range of career opportunities and learn the paths that can get them there. Jobs are divided conveniently into career families and users can also connect with regional postsecondary programs. Use to explore jobs student may alread be interested in, or in conjunction with a career assessment.

  Road to Self-Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities  

The Guide was developed to serve as a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice. The Guide shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in programs and offers suggestions on how to introduce self-employment as an option for all youth, including youth with disabilities.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (10-11) is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years. 

 Office of Disability Employment Policy 

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
        1. Creating a Path to Employment 
        2. Essential Skills to Getting a Job 
        3. Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce 
 

 Person-Centered Planning 

This module provides information about person-centered planning (PCP) and the role it can play in transition planning. First, you will learn about why person-centered planning was developed. Next, PCP will be defined and the major features of all PCP methods will be described. Third, steps to implementing a PCP will be described. Finally, PCP applied to transition planning will be presented. 

 Planning Your Child’s Future Success – National Center for Learning Disabilities   

 Quintessential Careers 

Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers contains career development resources -- on every major job-search and career topic -- to help job-seekers find a better job or career in the Career Resources Toolkit. 

Transition Planning for Students with Severe Disabilities

The following documents pertain to transition planning for students with severe disabilities:
1. Transition Planning & Students with Severe Disabilities (PDF) 
2. Examples & non-examples: Students with Severe Disabilities 
 

 Transition Services: Examples of Coordinated Set of Activities 

This document includes sample activities/strategies in the following transition areas: Instruction, Community Experience, Employment, Related Services, Post-school and Adult Living Skills, Acquisition of Daily Living Skills, and Functional Vocational Evaluation. It has been adapted from Helping Educators, Parents and Other Stakeholders Understand: Post-school Outcomes, Course of Study and Coordinated Set of Activities by Ed O'Leary and Wendy Collison, 2002.  

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CCTS Publications   

Transition Services:

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State

An overview of the assessment process and its role in the transition process. PDF 

Quality Indicators for Secondary Transition (QuIST)

These Quality Indicators can be used by school districts to provide insights into special education programs and delivery. This tool is meant to be a self-evaluation to assist in program improvement activities. 
 QuIST: Computer Scored Excel Spreadsheet  

Quality Indicators for School to Employment Program

These Quality Indicators can be used by school districts to assess transition services for students with developmental disabilities in school to employment programs. By using this tool, school district teams will identify program needs and potential changes to increase employment rates for these youth upon graduation or completing their school program.
 Quality Indicators: Computer Scored Excel Spreadsheet (18-21 Programs) 
 Quality Indicators: Manually Scored Excel Spreadsheet (18-21 Programs)

School Transition Model

The School Transition Model is under development in collaboration with Seattle Public Schools to provide schools with a format, tools and examples for building a transiton plan.  The model is based on IDEA 2004 Transition requirements: Age-appropriate Transition Assessment, Measureable Postsecondary Goals, Transition Srevices, Course of Study, Coordinated Adult Agencies and Annual IEP Goals.  Each of theses areas will look differently depending upon the postsecondary outcome identified by the student and IEP team.  The model is driven by the following postsecondary school outcomes: college, career technology education, competitive employment, supported employment and indepedent living.  For a model with competitive employment as a post school outcome click here (Competive Employment ). identified by the student and IEP team. 

Transition Assessment Toolkit

The Transition Assessment Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for IEP Teams, special education teachers and administrators, parents and students, and support staff as they conduct the age-appropriate transition assessment process. Adapted from the Highline School District Special Education, the Toolkit includes resources from the Center for Change in Transition Services and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. The Toolkit offers resource materials for formal and informal assessments and recommended transition assessments by grade level. It also offers lists of published tests and information on each. The web-based resources are centered on learning styles, employment/career planning, temperament surveys, multiple intelligences and many more. PDF 

Transition Guide for Washington State                                                                                                                                      

A comprehensive reference for teachers, administrators, staff, parents and agencies that provides information on the transition process, requirements and legislation.
 PDF 

Transition Re-Evaluation Process

A recommended best practice to help students with disabilities make connections with agencies.
 PDF 

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities: An Administrator's Guide  (PDF) 

A reference for administrators and educational staff on transition services for students with disabilities and outlines the transition process as required by law.

Other Publications: 

 Transition Coalition – Publications 

 What Every Teacher Should Know About Transition and IDEA 2004 by Carol A. Kochhar-Bryant with Stan Shaw (2009)

Post-School Outcomes Reports:

Post-school Status Report of the 2007 Special Education Leavers:

View the Full Report: PDF 

Post-school Status Report of the 2006 Special Education Graduates:

View the Full Report: PDF 

Post-school Status Report of the 2005 Special Education Graduates:

View the Executive Summary: PDF 
View the Full Report: PDF 

Post-school Status Report of the 2004 Special Education Graduates:

View the Executive Summary: PDF 
View the Full Report: PDF 

Post-school Status Report of the 2003 Special Education Graduates:

View the Executive Summary: PDF 
View the Full Report: PDF 

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 Dropout Prevention and Intervention   

 America's Promise Alliance 

With more than 300 national partners, America's Promise Alliance is devoted to improving the lives of young people. Together we ensure young people receive the Five Promises they need to graduate high school prepared for success. 

 Cognitive behavioral interventions: An effective approach to help students with disabilities stay in school 

This publication is a practice guide that provides educators with basic information and strategies for implementing cognitive-behavioral interventions in the classroom. 

 Evidence-Based Dropout-Prevention Programs (NDPC-SD) 

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities is committed to identifying evidence-based programs and disseminating them to stakeholders. For a list of these programs click on the link above. 

 What Works Clearinghouse for Dropout Prevention 

The WWC offers a range of publications that evaluate school and community-based dropout prevention interventions and instructional strategies for middle and/or high schools. Reviewed interventions and strategies are designed to help students stay in school and/or complete school and may include services and activities that mitigate factors impeding progress in school.  

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Forms 

 Transition Assessment Information Gathering Form  and  Transition Assessment Information Gathering Form: Example 

This non-mandatory form provides IEP teams with a simple format for collecting student transition assessment data. The form includes areas for the team to indicate data on the student's needs, strengths, preferences, interests and work experience.  To better understand how to use this form, download the completed "Example" form.  For more information on how to use this form visit the CCTS Transition Training Module 1: Age-appropriate Transition Assessment.      

 Transition Assessment Checklist

This form will assist IEP teams in gathering  information about students using a variety of sources to determine or support a measurable post-secondary goal (postsecondary education or training, employment or independent living).  As the IEP teams work to prepare students for their annual IEP, it is suggested the team access both formal and informal assessment data.  This form may help the IEP team consider several possible sources of data when assessing and developing a transition IEP.   

 Community Work Site Student Learning/Training Plan and Evaluation 

This form is adapted from Puyallup School District by CCTS and includes a detailed evaluation tool that may be used to collect information for students who are working in situational assessments, internships, or integrated employment settings.  The results of the ratings may become part of a student's age-appropriate assessment data that is the initial step in the transition process.  

 Indicator 13 Checklist Form A - WA State Form 

This form assists districts in evaluating Indicator 13: the percent of youth aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes coordinated, measurable, annual IEP goals and transition services that will reasonably enable the child to meet the post-secondary goals. [20 U. S. C. 1416 (a)(3)(B)]. 

 Indicator 13 Checklist Form A- Instructions 

These instructions will provide directions for using the Indicator 13 Checklist above. 

 IEP - Alernative Graduation Requirements Plan - Course Substitution(s) 

This form may assist IEP teams with supporting students in special education who will receive credits related to their IEP according to the goals and objective:  including area of vocational (occupational ed. gen. requirements, community experience), personal management (math, gen. requirements), and life skills (social studies, health, fine arts, etc.).  Changes to the Alternative Plan must occur no later than the first grading period of the junior year.  

 Summary of Academic Achievement & Functional Performance 

This form is for a student who is graduating or exiting special education due to exceeding age eligibility, the school district must provide the student with a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting his/her post-secondary goals (WAC 392-172A-03030).  The Summary of Performance is important to assist the student in the transition from high school to higher education, training, and/or employment, and to help establish a student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodations and supports in post-secondary settings.  

 IEP - WA State Form 

The WA State IEP Form is designed to clearly communicate to the parents, the student, and providers the type and amount of special education and any necessary related services or supports that will be made available to the student.  The most recent evaluation report is used to develop the IEP.  The IEP is individualized to reflect the unique needs of the student and how these needs will be addressed to permit the student to be included and progress in the general education curriculum. 

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Law Library 

Washington Administrative Code:

 Newly Adopted Final Chapter 392-172a WAC Rules for the Provision Special Education
OSPI adopted final regulations June 29, 2007. The regulations are effective July 30, 2007 (doc | pdf). The CR 103 addresses adoption information (pdf). The concise explanatory statement (doc | pdf), addresses all written and oral comments received through the comment period, including any changes made in response to comments.

Legislation:

 Labor and Industries  

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries regulates the wage, hour and working conditions for all workers in the state. This website is a valuable resource for student research, staff training and parent information.

 Work activities teens are prohibited from doing in non-agricultural jobs 

For a list of jobs that youth CAN do according to age, see the U.S. Department of Labor's information on YouthRules! The list is a sample and is not all-inclusive.

 WAC 296-125-030 for Prohibited and Hazardous Employment for All Minors

 WAC 296-125-033 for additional restrictions for those under 16.

For more information, see the L&I publication:
 Teens at Work: Facts for Employers, Parents and Teens (106 KB PDF)

For more detail, see L&I Administrative Policy:
 Bloodborne Pathogens and Minors (ES.C.4.2) (114 KB PDF)
 Driving by Minors in Non-Agricultural Jobs- ES.C.4.3) (52 KB)

For more detail, see Washington Administrative Code:
 Prohibited and hazardous employment for all minors (WAC 296-125-030)
 Additional restrictions for those under 16 (WAC 296-125-033)
 Non-agricultural Employment of Minors (WAC 296-125) 

 Advocacy in Action
Transition Planning: Five Themes Addressed in Administrative and Judicial Decisions 

 Disability Law Handbook 

This Disability Law Handbook is a 50-page guide to the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws. Written in an FAQ format, The Disability Law Handbook answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.

 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):

 The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP) IDEA website. 

 Important Changes in IDEA Regulations 

On December 1, 2008 the US Department of Education (DOE) issued final regulations amending several rules relating to special education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For the first time in the history of special education, parents now have the right to revoke consent at any time to their child's participation in special education. This must be provided to the school district in writing. The parents or the school may at a subsequent date request that the child be reconsidered for special education again. However, if the parents revoke the consent, the school is not responsible for failure to provide a free appropriate education. Also, under the new IDEA regulations, the rules as to whether a non-lawyer may represent either the parent or the school at a due process hearing will now be governed by state law. These regulations took effect on December 31, 2008.

 IDEA 2004 Final Regulations (307 pages) 

 A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004 

 Secondary Transition U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs 02-01-2007 

 What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004 

 Comparison of IDEA 2004, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act  

 Summary of Performance 

The Summary of Performance (SOP) is required under the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The language as stated in IDEA 2004 regarding the SOP is as follows:

For a child whose eligibility under special education terminates due to graduation with a regular diploma, or due to exceeding the age of eligibility, the local education agency “shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance, which shall include recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals” §Sec. 300.305(e) (3).

 Disability Legislation 

HB 1050 - 2007-08 Kevin’s Bill:

Allowing certain students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies.

 http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2007-08/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Law%202007/1050-S.SL.pdf 

 http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2007-08/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1050-S.PL.pdf  

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Interest Inventories 

The following links have been selected to give quick access to several career interest inventories. 

The Career Key™ gives you professional help you in choosing a career, making a career change, and choosing a college major or training program.

SkillsOne.com is a subscription-based collection of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.

Career Decisions: Self Assessment is a link to an About.com page that overviews self-assessment and a variety of sites and assessments to use. Not a direct resource.

Kiersey Temperament Sorter-II The Temperament Sorter II assessment is an Interest Inventory designed for career and personal planning. The initial survey is free but additional reports are fee-based.

O*Net Computerized Interest Profiler is a free resource with assessment information that can be printed for use or accessed via free downloadable software. O*Net is developed under the sponsorhip of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration and leads a partnership of puclic and private sector organizations.

WOIS/The Career Information System includes a Career Interest Survey as well as several other services but requires a site license to use.

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References and Resources  

 National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC): Predictors of Post-School Success  

 Quick Reference Guides – National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability  

 Youthhood.Org 

Childhood meets adulthood at Youthhood.Org  

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 Self-Determination and Student-Directed Transition Planning  

 Select presentations from the Zarrow Center, University of Oklahoma, on self- determination and student-directed activities   

 Self-Determination and the AIR Self-Determination Assessments 

The AIR assessments measure two broad components. Capacity refers to the student's knowledge, abilities, and perceptions that enable them to be self-determined. Opportunity refers to the student's chances to use their knowledge and abilities. The AIR Self-Determination Scale is available to use, free of charge.  

 Self-Determination for Middle and High School Students 

This topic explores how self-determination, which results from the development of self-esteem, self-awareness, and other positive learning skills, helps children and teens learn to exercise personal control over their lives. 

 Student-directed Transition Planning 

Lessons are designed to take the student through a process of gathering information from key members of the transition planning team. The process initiates a dialogue between the student, family members, and the teacher on issues regarding employment, postsecondary education and living arrangements for the student.  

 The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale (SDS) procedural guidelines  

The Procedural Guidelines For The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale provides administration and scoring information for this 72-item assessment of self-determination for adolescents with disabilities. This manual provides a comprehensive discussion of self-determination and outlines use of the measure in research and applied settings.  

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Temperament Surveys  

Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Temperament Theory, Keirsey Character Sorter, and information about personality, character are included in the link below.
 www.keirsey.com/ 
     

The Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey is a self-report inventory designed to measure normal personality and temperament.
 www.pearsonassessments.com/tests/gzts.htm 
 

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