Assessments for Postsecondary Goals

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Independent Living Assessments

 

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Guiding People Through Systems (GPS)

The Ohio Department of Health, Family Voices of Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Autism Treatment Network, University of Cincinnati/UCEDD and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital (Toledo) worked together to create Guiding People Through Systems (GPS) , an online care notebook to assist families of children with special health care needs to organize and maintain accurate medical records. Families can use this tool to build a binder of commonly used forms, and download or email forms to share with schools and healthcare or service providers.

This site was developed through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities , Ohio Department of Health , Family Voices of Ohio, Ohio Patient-Centered Medical Home , and Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital .

 

Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale

The Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale is a simple 14-question survey parents or staff can use to rate a student’s Independent Living skills on a variety of topics, including topics such as medication usage, grooming and hygiene, laundry, household responsibilities, setting limits on his/her own behavior, and more. This assessment also includes a chart that can be used to show a graphic representation of the student’s skills and areas in need of improvement. The measurement scale was created by Edward Flegel, formerly the transition consultant for State Support Team Region 3.

The Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale (PDF) is available for download. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. For accessibility issues, a plain text version is provided.

 

Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18-21

The Transition Coalition’s The Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18 through 21 has several resources for supporting independent living for students with disabilities. These and the corresponding page numbers are listed below. The link to the booklet follows.

Community Transition Objectives

Community Transition Objectives, pages 41 to 46, is an inventory/checklist of skills that could be considered when assessing a student’s needs and strengths regarding independent living skills. The inventory assesses things like personal finance, planning, organizing, scheduling, grooming, self-care, household management, and more.

C-Tran Functional Analysis of Behavior This functional behavior analysis, pages 75 through 83, concerns a battery of independent living scenarios that includes the morning routine, arranging and using public transportation, arrival at work, the social skills needed for work, going to the bank, going to the grocery store, meal preparation, and more.

A Day in the Life at C-Tran: A Test of One’s Abilities to Problem Solve This checklist, page 33, provides a number of potential day-to-day stress or crisis situations of varying degrees that, with slight modifications as necessary/appropriate, can be discussed with students in a formal or informal manner to gauge problem-solving skills in regards to readiness for independent living.

Important Prerequisites for Independent Community Involvement

This short checklist, page 41, explores various scenarios necessary for successful community involvement. This checklist could be used as a starting point for assessment or discussion with students regarding their knowledge and acceptance of expected skills and behaviors, including assuming some responsibility for personal items/money, social skills, using a telephone, wearing clean clothes every day and more.

Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18 through 21 (PDF) is available for download. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

This page was updated June 26, 2018

Employment Readiness Assessments

 

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Unpaid Work Experiences, Volunteering & Internships

This resource does not contain assessments, but instead provides guidelines on the role of volunteer activities, internships, and unpaid work when assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities. This information is based on interpretation of various federal and state requirements. Questions regarding specific situations should be directed to the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and/or the Ohio Department of Labor to ensure compliance with all applicable labor laws and regulations.

This resource is available on the Ohio Employment First website. Download Volunteering, Internships, and Unpaid Work Experiences: Legal and Practical Guidelines (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

Photo Career Quiz

Photo Career Quiz is a photo-based assessment that measures career interests in 6 key areas as described by Dr. John Holland: Building, Thinking, Creating, Helping, Persuading, and Organizing. Users will learn their career type, which is based on their highest interest area, as well as their scores in the remaining 5 interest areas. The average time to take the assessment is five minutes.

The Photo Career Quiz is available from Truity Psychometrics LLC in San Francisco, California.

 

123 Test (Picture-Based Employment Preference)

123 Test is a picture-based career test presents fifteen sets of four pictures that show specific work activities. Students choose one work activity that appeals the most and one that appeals the least. Upon completion (average 5-10 minutes) it will give suggestions for professions based on a characterization of personality in terms of Holland Code personality types to learn what kind of work environments and occupations may suit the student best.

123 test is from 123test, a Netherlands-based company located at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

 

Virginia Career VIEW (Students Grade K-8)

Virginia Career VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work) is a colorful, interactive website that offers student, parent, and professional resources for career exploration, transition assessments, goal setting and more for students Grades K-8. The abundant resources here include places to get ideas on how to incorporate transition planning and awareness and exploration with students as well as numerous paper, web, and game-based assessments and information, including a section on Unusual Occupations that includes realistic details on what it takes to be a Video Game Designer, work for NASCAR, Forensic Crime Scene Investigator, etc.

Recognized as the Commonwealth’s Career Information Delivery System for all students in grades K-8 in Virginia, Virginia Career VIEW is located in Virginia Tech as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in the School of Education.

 

Employability/Life Skills Assessment (ELSA)

Employability skills are those personal social behaviors and daily living habits that have been identified by employers and young entry-level workers as essential for obtaining employment and for success in the work place. These are life skills that must be taught with the same rigor as basic skills. The development of such skills is a lifelong process, with performance being relative to a student’s ability and age. Teachers at all age levels have the responsibility to teach employability skills.

The Ohio Employability/Life Skills Assessment (ELSA) is for teachers and parents. It is a frequently-used assessment tool for students whose skills for employment should be measured when developing IEP goals and Transition Plans. This assessment offers both a teacher and parent version.

This resource is through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence .

 

Job Site Analysis Survey

The Job Site Analysis Survey allows teachers, students, parents and employers to evaluate a current or potential job site by its physical demands, social characteristics/atmosphere, environmental characteristics and natural supports. This is a very good tool to use when discussing specific employment possibilities with students.

This survey was developed by the Transition Community Network through the Oregon Department of Education .

 

The Environmental Job Assessment Measure: E-JAM

This is an assessment tool that has been used extensively with adolescents with emotional disturbances or disabilities and those with high-risk behaviors (Bullis & Davis, 1999). E-JAM was designed to assist in determining an employment placement and the support and accommodations that might be needed.

The Environmental Job Assessment Measure: E-JAM survey allows a teacher to evaluate and document a student’s general work behaviors/attitudes, accommodations/modifications, and supports based on the expected physical, educational, and social demands of the job/workplace location in question. The additional materials link provides other transition-based pamphlets and such that could be distributed to the student and/or other involved parties.

This resource was developed by the Transition Coalition .

 

Employment Related Questions

This is a basic introductory survey that can be given to students to help them learn about their current and future employment considerations and goals.

This resource originated from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Download the Employment Related Question document (PDF) . PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. For accessibility issues, a plain text version is provided.

 

Task Analysis for Maintaining Work Area

This is a simple task-analysis chart that may be used to monitor and document a student’s ability to maintain his or her work area and schedule based on seven criteria. This is a good tool to use for documentation purposes when evaluating students who have classroom or school-based jobs.

This resource originated from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Download the Task Analysis for Maintaining Work Area (PDF) . PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. For accessibility issues, a plain text version is provided.

 

Holland Occupational Themes/RIASEC Inventory

The Holland Occupational Themes is a theory of personality that focuses on career and vocational choice. It groups people on the basis of their suitability for six different categories of occupations. The six types yield the RIASEC acronym, by which the theory is also commonly known. The assessment consists of 48 example tasks that you will have to rate by how much you would enjoy performing each on a scale of 1-5 and then allows participants to explore occupations they may enjoy based on their results via O*Net (Occupational Information Network). The assessment will take most five to ten minutes to complete.

This assessment was developed by JIST Publishing .

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Outlook Handbook can help students find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations across the country by using the search box feature in the blue banner at the top right-hand side of the screen.

The handbook is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections .

This page was updated June 26, 2018

College to Career Assessments

 

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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 .

 

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.

A Guide to Assessing College Readiness is available from the Transition Coalition.

 

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, 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 the document 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 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 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 .

 

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 emotionally prepared 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 June 26, 2018

Assessments for Postsecondary Goals: Name & Link

 

The following is a list of employment resource links by name. External Links are indicated following the resource name. PDF files below can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Independent Living Assessments by Name

 

Employment Readiness Assessments by Name

 

College to Career Assessments by Name

This page was updated June 26, 2018

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