Transition Assessment

Legal Guidelines & Best Practices related to Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment

A 2-hour Training Module

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is clear in its requirement for schools to conduct age-appropriate transition assessments every year as part of the IEP process. However, the law does not define "age-appropriate transition assessment" nor does it describe what these assessments are supposed to be measuring. As a result, there are a wide range of varying assessment practices throughout California as districts and schools struggle to find and implement appropriate assessments. Moreover, incomplete and faulty assessment practices are one of the main reasons why districts find themselves in litigation related to transition. 

Fortunately, since the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, many of these questions related to age-appropriate transition assessment have been brought before the courts for interpretation. These court findings have provided some guidance and implications for legally sound practices surrounding transition assessment. Aside from court interpretations, major organizations and technical assistance centers have conducted wide-scale research programs designed to identify the transition skills that are most correlated to postsecondary success for students with disabilities. Findings from decades of research have informed which transition skills we should be measuring on our age-appropriate transition assessments.

This Transition Assessment training module presents the law's requirement for "age-appropriate transition assessment" and then uses recent court cases and findings from research to unpack the school's responsibilities related to this area.

This Transition Assessment training module will answer the following questions:

-What does IDEA say about transition assessment?
-What are we supposed to measure on transition assessments?
-Do we need to measure or assess all life skills for every student?
-Should academics be considered in the transition assessment process? If so, how?
-How do I know when a student needs an independent living assessment?
-Do I need parent consent on an Assessment Plan before conducting transition assessments?
-Are written reports required for transition assessments?

-Should parent input be included in the transition assessment process? How?
-How do I know if the transition assessment I am using is legally sound and aligned to best practices?

In addition to answering the above questions, this Transition Assessment training module will provide guidance on how to evaluate a transition assessment, what to avoid in a transition assessment, as well as guidance on how to improve your own transition assessments through the use of rubrics.  Attendees will also be given a parent letter and the Parent Transition Questionnaire that work together to explain the transition assessment process to parents and to get their input regarding their child's strengths, interests, and transition needs related to their postsecondary future.  

Downloadable Slide Deck & Resources

Optional Quiz

Course Completion Certificate

Access to padlets with 100s of resources

Pricing & Enrollment Options

Pricing options below allow registrants access to the course for 180 days (or 365 days for the bundled option). Registrants will be able to log in any time, watch, and re-watch as many times as desired. Registrants can download all course materials to keep indefinitely. 

Single Registrant Access - $25

The Single Registrant Access allows a single user to access the course for 180 days. Do not select this option if more than one person will be watching the course.

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Group Access with One Login Credential - $125

This option is perfect for organizations who want to host the Transition Assessment training for a group of staff who will watch the presentation at the same time. This option allows an unlimited number of persons who belong to the same organization to view the course video at the same time from a shared screen or screencast (therefore requiring only one login credential).  

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Discounted Group Rate for 5 or more registrants with individual access - $75 each

This option provides a discounted group rate and easier enrollment process for organizations who want to give access to the Transition Assessment training to five or more registrants to watch on their own time. To purchase this pricing plan, please complete the Registration Form. Once processed, ACES will enroll each member in the course and email them directions on how to log in to the training.

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Get the Transition Assessment training as part of the ACES  Full Access bundle that includes ALL training modules for an extended 365-day access period

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Purchase Order

To purchase any of the options above with a purchase order, please complete the registration form and email it along with the purchase order to [email protected]. Upon receipt of the order form and PO, each registered participant will be emailed directions on how to login to the Transition Assessment course.

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