Transition Assessment

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

A 2-hour Presentation

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 is 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 and summaries 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 question, this Transition Assessment training module will provide guidance on how to evaluate a transition assessment, what 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.  

Pricing & Enrollment Options

Single Registrant Access 

By purchasing the "Single Registrant Access" you gain access to the Transition Assessment asynchronous course for 60 days. You will be able to log in any time you want, watch, and re-watch the course at any time during those 60 days. All course PDF materials are yours to download and keep indefinitely. Please note that access to the video and downloadable content is for a single user only. 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

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). By purchasing the "Group License," your organization gains access to the Transition Assessment video presentation for 60 days. All course materials can be downloaded and shared with the group to keep indefinitely. Alternatively, to purchase multiple single licenses for a group of people to access and watch individually on their own time, please see option below.

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Group Access with Multiple Login Credentials (Discounted Rate)
$20 each for five or more registrants

This option provides a discounted group rate and easier enrollment process for organizations who want to give access to the Transition Assessment module to five or more members to watch on their own time. Each staff member will have their own login credentials and have full access to the module for 60-days. Moreover, the module comes with a quiz that organizations can choose to make optional or required so that attendees can demonstrate proof of attendance and understanding of the content. To purchase this pricing plan, please complete the Registration Form. Once processed, ACES staff will enroll each member in the course and email them directions on how to log in to Transition Assessment module.

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Get the Transition Assessment module as part of the ACES Transition Training Core Bundle

ACES' three core training modules include Transition 101, Transition Assessments, and the ABCs of ITPs. Purchase these three modules as a bundle and save.

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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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Live Presentation

To schedule a live presentation of Transition Assessment (approximately a 2-2.5 hour presentation), please email us at [email protected]