The Transition Assessment Information Gathering Form is one of the first tools you use to gather information on a student when you are writing a transition IEP. This form allows you to gather information from special education teachers, the student, the family, general education teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, paraeducators and other support staff. Once everyone has returned their completed form to you, you can provide a more complete picture of the student's needs, strengths, preferences, interests and experiences on his or her IEP.Transition assessment is the ongoing process of collecting data on the student's needs, strengths, interests, preferences, and experiences as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, and living 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 IEP. These data are gathered from multiple sources.
Here are some helpful questionnaires, vocational assessments, interest inventories, surveys and checklists to utilize as transition assessments:
- Career Pathways Interest Inventory
- Career Cluster Interest Inventory
- Student Interview Questionnaire
- Teacher Interview Questionnaire
- Family Interview Questionnaire
- Job/Employer Survey Form
- Becoming Independent-Vocational Skills Checklist
- Student Adaptive Skill Checklist
- O*Net Computerized Interest Profiler - this is available to complete online, or you may print the instrument and score report
- Keirsey Personality Test - this is online, then you can view a mini report free of charge
- Social Skills Assessment for determining interests - print out part 1 and 2, then see site for results
Once a student's post-secondary goals are written, transition services need to be identified. I included a helpful document for transition service ideas. However, each student is different and will require various transition services. This document is meant to be a guide.Now you're ready to write the course of study, coordinate with agencies, and write your annual IEP goals.