College to Career Assessments

Secondary School Success Checklist (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

The Secondary School Success Checklist was designed to be used with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is intended to be completed with information from the student, school staff, and the student’s family. The Secondary School Success Checklist covers the domains of responsibility and independence, community engagement, and self-management. It not only allows each skill to be evaluated, but also has a section to identify the priority level of each skill.

This checklist was created by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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A Guide to Assessing College Readiness

Landmark College has identified their five “essential foundations” that are necessary for students with learning disabilities and AD/HD to be successful in college. This assessment looks at these foundations which are academic skills, self-understanding, self-advocacy, executive function, and motivation and confidence. This assessment uses a checklist format to identify student strengths and needs.

The guide was created by Landmark College.

The Guide to Assessing College Readiness (PDF) is available for download. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Access to Success: A Free Online Training for College Students with Disabilities

Access to Success is an online module-based website (with an automatic read-aloud feature) that discusses (and asks reflective questions about) topics for students with disabilities who are considering going to college, including a pre-assessment “warm-up,” rights of students in college, and how to ask for accommodations.

This resource was created by the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL). Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, grant number H133G090222.

 

Going to College: A Resource for Students with Disabilities

Going to College: A Resource for Students with Disabilities is a website containing a variety of tools that can be used by students and teachers for students with disabilities expressing an interest in going to college. Activities and assessments are broken into categories including “My Place” (self-assessments), “Campus Life” (topics/guidance for the college setting), “Planning for College” (life skills and considerations when selecting a college), and “My Portfolio” (a guide students can follow to complete and apply assessments and activities). The “Teacher’s Toolbox” button contains ways to integrate some of the activities into classroom lessons.

This resource is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

The Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators website is geared towards sharing information with teachers concerning what students with disabilities can and should expect when transitioning to college. Along with some detailed front page information (which can also be requested in booklet form), several live links lead to further information concerning this ever-evolving topic, and it may all serve as a gateway to discussing college with students and parents who show an interest in postsecondary education/college.

This resource is available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

 

College & Career Readiness for Under-Credited or Formerly Out-of-School Youth

The College and Career Readiness for Under-Credited or Formerly Out-of-School Youth video provides tips for integrating college and career readiness efforts into high school programs that work with formerly out-of-school youth or with youth who are under-credited for graduation. It features selected clips from two schools, Hartford Public High School, a blended credit recovery program, and Youth Build Providence, an alternative education and workforce development program. These schools have successfully implemented strategies for developing college and career readiness in their programs.

This resource was developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Postsecondary Readiness Rubric v. 4

This is a tool that students, parents, school counselors and teachers can use to help a student to determine how he/she performs at some of the critical skills needed to succeed in a postsecondary setting (career school, community college, college, university). Download the Postsecondary Readiness Rubric v. 4 (PDF) online from Think College.

This resource was developed by ThinkCollege.net.

 

College Results Online

College Results Online allows students to look-up colleges by name and then see and compare graduation rates, cost, average test scores for admission, and more. This site can be used by students considering college to help ascertain the financial and academic resources they will need in order to help maximize their admittance and their success potential.

College Results Online was developed by The Education Trust.

 

College Board

The College Board developed Services for Students with Disabilities, Ensuring Accommodations on College Board Exams to provide information for students with disabilities about accommodations they need to take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, and Advanced Placement® Exams.

 

Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee (T2DG)

Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee or T2DG enables Ohio students to streamline credit transfer among the state’s public institutions of higher education and from adult/secondary career-technical institutions to find the best pathways to degree completion and launch successful careers.T2DG helps students meet general education requirements, as well as requirements in 60+ career-oriented programs when transferring equivalent coursework.

T2DG encompasses courses/programs offered by Ohio public institutions of higher education and adult/secondary public career-technical institutions. T2DG also includes Advanced Placement and military training and experience.

This resource was developed by the Ohio Board of Regents University System of Ohio.

 

College Applicant Rating Scale & Benchmarks of Effective Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

While specifically designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), these tools could be used by students with other disabilities in regards to assessing the supports needed to attend college.

The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Applicant Evaluation (PDF) is an assessment for staff in which the student is rated on a scale of 1-5 concerning a number of areas pertinent to success in a college atmosphere, including Academics, Independent Living, Socialization, Safety, Sexuality, Stress and Personal Insight. Again, while this tool was specifically designed for students with ASD, it could prove useful for pre-college assessment on various students with various disabilities.

The Benchmarks of Effective Supports for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF) checklist is an assessment tool with which can be used to determine the readiness of specific institutions of higher learning in regards to their support for students with disabilities in the areas of campus living supports, academic supports, and non-academic supports.

These resources were developed by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University (http://www.marshall.edu/atc/).

PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Making My Way Through College

Making My Way through College is a 44-page guide meant for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. You will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability, including several checklists of topics for consideration.

This resource was developed by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth.

 

College Planning for Students with Disabilities

College Planning for Students with Disabilities is a guide explains a college or prospective college student’s legal rights as a person with disabilities and discusses campus resources that may provide them with assistive services and tools. This webpage also lists a number of additional sites, apps, and software resources designed to aid students with specific types of disabilities, including learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, visual impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, autism, physical disabilities, and more.

This resource is available from from BestColleges.com.

 

Set to Go: Preparing High School Students for College & Life

Set to Go is a program to help high school students prepare for the transition to college and to life after high school. Research with first-year college students shows most wish they were better prepared–emotionally–for the transition from high school to college. This preparation should begin in high school and Set to Go was created to help.

Emotional preparedness for life after high school involves five key areas of knowledge and skill development. Set to Go provides a wealth of information about putting college in perspective, basic life skills, social and emotional skills, mental health and substance abuse literacy, and the transition to college life.

Set to Go is made available through The Jed Foundation (JED), a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.


This page was updated July 6, 2017