Age Appropriate Transition Assessment


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I-13 Requirement: Is there evidence that the measurable postsecondary goals were based on age-appropriate transition assessments

Essential Elements

  • The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children defines transition assessment as an “…ongoing process of collecting data on the individual’s needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social 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 Individualized Education Program (IEP)” (p. 70-71).

  • Base measurable postsecondary goals upon age appropriate transition assessments.

  • Determine if the transition assessments were age appropriate and were used to help the IEP team (student, teachers, evaluators, support staff etc.) in developing the student’smeasurable postsecondary goals.

  • Review the measurable postsecondary goals.  For each measurable postsecondary goal there should be evidence that at least one age appropriate transition assessment was used that provided information on the student’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences and interests.

  • Show supporting transition assessment information and summaries of any transition assessments.

Adapted from:  O'Leary, (2010) Reviewer Reference Form for the Transition Checklist.


  • Career and Vocational Assessment tools

  • Self-Determination Assessment tools

  • Results of Person-Centered Planning meetings

  • Transition Interviews and Rating Scales

  • Transition Planning Inventories

  • Environmental and Situational Assessments

Results of an informal transition interview indicated that John had a strong interest in working with computers.

The Transition Planning Inventory showed that Carol is in need of transition supports in the following areas: … order to plan for her postsecondary goal.

“The Career Matchmaker showed a number of career choices compatible with Todd’s stated interests.”

“A Functional Vocational Assessment indicated areas of employment that Scott could access with appropriate accommodations”


National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) Transition Assessment Guide pdf.

Division for Career Development and Transition (DCDT); Age Appropriate Transition Assessment pdf. and Tips for Transition: Transition Assessment pdf.

Dr. Charles Robinson: Career Assessment Guidance and Counseling…/doe/…/StateImprovementGrantSIG.htm

Transition Assessment Web Sites .html

Transition Resource Network (TRN) Newsletter

Dr. Ed O’Leary Interview: Age Appropriate Transition Assessments

Overview of Requirement

The Struggle to Meet the Requirement