General Assessments for Educators, Parents & Students

Educator & Student Assessments

 

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Choicemaker Self-Determination Assessment

Created by Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment, 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. The ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment is available online.

 

The 411 on Disability Disclosure

Available from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability or NCWD/Youth, 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. The 411 on Disability Disclosure is available online.

 

Student Dream Sheet

Originally created by National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC), 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. Download the Student Dream Sheet (DOCX).

 

Transition Assessment Matrix

Available from the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, 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. The Transition Assessment Matrix is available online.

 

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

Available from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, the “Self-Directed 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. Download the Planning Tool (PDF)

 

Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit

The National Technical Assistance Center of Transition (NTACT) has an “Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit” 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. The Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit is available online.

 

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 appropriate for all students. The site has an introductory video that explains the process. The introductory video is available online. Download the Ongoing Transition Assessment: A Team Planning Guide (PDF).

 

Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool

Developed by Ohio Employment First 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. The Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool is available online.

 

Casey Life Skills Transition Tool

Developed by Casey Family Programs, 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. The Casey Life Skills Transition Tool is available online.

Editorial Note: The tool tends to over-estimate skills for students with severe multiple developmental disabilities.

 

Student Inventory for Technology Supports (SIFTS)

Through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), 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. The Student Inventory for Technology Supports tool is available online.

 

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. The Effective Practices Matrix is available online.

 

Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices

From the National Technical Assistance Center of Transition (NTACT), 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 the Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices (PDF).

 

MyLife Software

Available through the Ohio Department of Education, MyLife is a free, downloadable program 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 that 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. Download the Read Me File (DOCX) first for information on using the program. Download the MyLife Individual Transition Planning Tool (EXE).

 

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 Office of Special Education Programs. The AIR Self-Determination Scales are available online.

 

My Next Move: O*NET Interest Profiler

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development, 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. The My Next Move: O*NET Interest Profiler is available online.

 

Self-Determination Inventory

Created by the University of Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, the “Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR)” asks students questions about how they feel about their ability to be self-determined; that is to make choices, set and go after goals, and make decisions. It is designed for young people ages 13-22 with and without disabilities, takes only 10 minutes to complete, and offers audio that reads the questions aloud and in-text definitions of words. The Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report is available online.

This page was updated December 3, 2019

Parent & Student Assessments

 

Please note: This page contains external links and downloadable content. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. DOC or DOCX files can be accessed with Microsoft Word or free, downloadable, open-source programs like Apache Open Office or LibreOffice. EXE files will decompress once opened. If there is a need for assistance, please email the Webmaster.

 

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

The “Social Security Disability Benefits Guide ”can provide for families when an injury, illness, or disability prevents an individual from working and earning an income. The guide explains the purpose and intent of Social Security, as well as lists the qualifying list of impairments for adults and children. The guide site also contains an interactive and adjustable calculator on the main page which breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits. This resource is available from an independent personal finance website. The Social Security Disability Benefits Guide is available online.

 

New Parent Transition Survey

Available from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), the “New Parent Transition Survey” is a resource that was originally created by a local transition council and updated in 2014 by Lisa Fournier in Massachusetts. The purpose of the survey is to assist in identifying the thoughts and preferences of parents and/or family members for a student once high school is over. The New Parent Transition Survey is available online.

 

Children’s Special Health Care Services Parent’s/Caregiver’s Transition Worksheet

Available from the Michigan Department of Education, the “Children’s Special Health Care Services Parent’s/Caregiver’s Transition Worksheet” is an introductory survey that was designed to assist in the planning for a youth’s transition to adulthood. The survey enables parents to indicate their child’s needs in health care, financing, functional living, and employment/vocational training. The resource was adapted from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Division of Specialized Care for Children. Download the Children’s Special Health Care Services Parent’s/Caregiver’s Transition Worksheet (PDF).

 

Transition Milestone Skills Lists & Other Resources

Developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children, the “Transition Milestone Skills” lists and resources contain a variety of checklists that are designed to help parents and their child with disabilities prepare for adulthood. Included are a transition timeline and individual checklists that address health care, independent living skills and work resources. All of the resources are available in English and Spanish. The Transition Milestone Skills lists and resources are available online.

 

MyLife Software

Available through the Ohio Department of Education, MyLife is a free, downloadable program 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 that 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. Download the Read Me File (DOCX) first for information on using the program. Download the MyLife Individual Transition Planning Tool (EXE).

 

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 Office of Special Education Programs. The AIR Self-Determination Scales are available online.

 

Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Originally developed by families for families by the staff and stakeholders of Missouri Family to Family, the LifeCourse tools for individuals, families, and professionals contains tools for having conversations with individuals and families about a vision for a good life and how to achieve it along with corresponding handouts to supplement, further understand, and generate ideas when using the tools. The LifeCourse Toolkit is available online.

 

I’m Determined: Self-Determination Toolbox

One of the many resources offered by the Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, the “I’m Determined: Self-Determination Toolbox” is a 44-page document that offers dozens of short assessments and activities designed to help students and/or their parents explore and measure their self-determination skills as well as become more self-determined, including My Good Day Plan, Core Components of self-determination, and more. Download the I’m Determined: Self-Determination Toolbox (PDF). More information on the I’m Determined project is available online.

 

Self-Determination Inventory

Created by the University of Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, the “Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR)” asks students questions about how they feel about their ability to be self-determined; that is to make choices, set and go after goals, and make decisions. It is designed for young people ages 13-22 with and without disabilities, takes only 10 minutes to complete, and offers audio that reads the questions aloud and in-text definitions of words. The Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report is available online.

This page was updated December 3, 2019

General Assessments by Name

 

The following is a list of general assessments by name. Please note: PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. 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. Executable (EXE) files are compressed and will decompress once opened.

This page was updated December 3, 2019