General Assessments for Educators & Students

Choicemaker Self-Determination Assessment

The ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment is a curriculum-referenced tool that measures the self-determination skills of middle and high school students with mild to moderate disabilities and their progress in the ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Curriculum. Educators also assess opportunities that exist for students to exercise these skills across three areas: choosing educational, vocational, and personal goals; involvement in IEP meetings; and the attainment of IEP goals, including developing a plan, implementing the plan, self-evaluation of plan progress, and adjusting any of the plan parts.

This tool was created by Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment.


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The 411 on Disability Disclosure

The 411 on Disability Disclosure is an approximately 100-page workbook that teachers can use with youth and young adults to help them learn about disability disclosure. The workbook is filled with activities that could be used as an assessment for the student and by educators who are looking to build discovery and advocacy processes and practices into their curriculum.

This resources is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability or NCWD/Youth, based at the Institute for Educational Leadership. It is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.


Student Dream Sheet

The Student Dream Sheet is a two-page survey which will allow a students teacher, parent or transition coordinator to participate in a guided interview with the student about the student’s vision for the future. This tool could be used when discussing future planning with the student for the IEP and transition planning purposes.

This resource originated from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC).

Download the Student Dream Sheet (DOCX). Microsoft Word (DOCX) files can be accessed through the Microsoft Office program or a free, open source software program like Apache Open Office or LibreOffice.


Transition Assessment Matrix

The Transition Assessment Matrix allows educators and practitioners to select and explore transition assessments by the domain (employment, education, training, independent living), grade level and disability category most similar to the needs of the student being assessed.

This resource is available from the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center.


Let’s Get to Work: Self-Directed Planning Tool

This planning tool was created to help students and their support teams talk together and think about employment goals. The seven-page survey can also serve as a guide to teams and will work best when the information presents a true reflection of the student’s experiences, thoughts and opinions in other areas. Teamwork throughout this process by a group of people who know the student well is important. This tool is not intended to be a form for one time completion, rather it is designed to be an ongoing guide for teams to use as students move through transition, build life skills and engage in educational and work experiences in preparation for adulthood.

This resource is available from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Download the Planning Tool (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit

The Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit is designed to provide information, rationale and tools to assist educators in preparing transition assessments for students with disabilities. The toolkit includes sample instruments, considerations and discussion.

This resource is available from the National Technical Assistance Center of Transition (NTACT).


Ongoing Transition Assessment: A Team Planning Guide

Chris Filler and Sue Beck of Ohio Employment First designed the Ongoing Transition Assessment: A Team Planning Guide to help teachers, parents and service providers navigate the ongoing process that is transition assessment. This tool is not only meant for students with developmental disabilities, it is for all students. The site also has an introductory video that explains the process.

Download the Ongoing Transition Assessment: A Team Planning Guide (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool

The Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool is a self-assessment/checklist may be used to guide and inform schools and agencies in their readiness and capacity to serve the transition needs of youth in community employment by identifying potential areas for improvement and supporting the development of a plan for improvement as necessary. The tool and other employment resources are available.

This resource was developed by Ohio Employment First.


Casey Life Skills Transition Tool

The Casey Life Skills Transition Tool is a free practice tool and framework for working with youth in foster care. It assesses independent living skills and provides results instantly. The web-based assessment tool is available in youth and caregiver formats and offered in English, Spanish and French. The tool includes numerous supplemental materials.

Users are required to create an account, but access to the assessment tool is instantaneous upon registration. The information is automatically scored and sent to the user via the account. It provides different levels of questions for students across functioning levels (i.e., Level 1 is for Basic skills; Level 4 is for Complex skills) in the areas of Daily Living, Self Care, Relationships and Communication, Housing and Money Management, Work and Study Life, Career and Education Planning and Looking Forward. Editorial Note: The tool tends to over-estimate skills for students with severe multiple developmental disabilities.

The transition tool was developed by Casey Family Programs.

Student Inventory for Technology Supports (SIFTS)

The Student Inventory for Technology Supports or SIFTS is a quick and easy web-based survey tool. The tool was developed primarily to support IEP teams who need assistance in matching student needs and strengths to assistive technology features. The tool has embedded text, picture and video supports to assist teams in building their knowledge of assistive technologies and capacity to implement assistive technology assessments. Users will be required to create a free account through the site, but all information entered on the website is confidential and secure. Student results can be retained for future use. Multiple assistive technology domains can be collected and stored for the same student.

This resource is available from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Effective Practices and Predictors of Post-School Success

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or NTACT has identified several effective practices to teach students skills associated with post-school success (e.g., self-determination). The Effective Practices Matrix provides an organization of the practices and related lesson plan starters identified by NTACT to support Post-School Success as well as brief descriptions of the individual predictors of success (noted above). The Matrix also includes resources regarding effective practices associated with the Transition Planning Process and implementation of Transition Services and Graduation.

This resource is available from the National Technical Assistance Center of Transition (NTACT).


Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices

The Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices document is embedded with numerous links that will lead teachers to evidence-based practice tested lesson plans on a variety of topics concerning transition including student-directed IEP meetings and more. Download Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

This resource is available from the National Technical Assistance Center of Transition (NTACT).


MyLife Software

MyLife is a free downloadable program that was designed as a resource for students, their families, educators and others to use in making plans for the future of a student with a disability. Students can type answers with or without assistance to prompts that ask about their life inside and outside of school. The program enables them to answer questions about their preferences and interests, needs and strengths.

The program focuses on planning ahead by planning backwards, giving the student the chance to save and print a copy of their responses for the teacher to use when writing Transition Plans and Individualized Education Programs. Key questions serve as prompts to elements of a comprehensive plan that can then be embedded into the student’s IEP. This program can be accessed in more than one session, depending on how much the student chooses to expound upon each answer.

This resource is through the Ohio Department of Education.

Download the MyLife Individual Transition Planning Tool (EXE). EXE files are compressed and will decompress once opened.

Download the Read Me First File (DOCX). Microsoft DOCX files can be accessed through the Microsoft Office program or a free, open source software program like Apache Open Office or LibreOffice.


Air Self-Determination Scale

The AIR Self-Determination Scales offer assessment surveys for students, educators and parents that will produce a profile of the student’s level of self-determination, identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement and specific educational goals that can be incorporated into the student’s IEP.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, developed the student, parent and educator versions of the AIR Self-Determination Assessments with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.


My Next Move: O*NET Interest Profiler

The O*NET Interest Profiler helps students find out what their interests are and how their interests relate to the world of work using a color-coded survey that includes smiley-face symbols accompanying the numbers to denote level of interest.

My Next Move is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.

This page was updated May 5, 2017