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Transition Assessment Process: A Guide for Developing Postsecondary Goals and Transition Services (Center on Transition Innovations, CTI, at Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU)


The transition assessment process should include a variety of methods for assessing the student and potential post-school environments. It is a multi-year process that requires both time and planning to allow for assessment through self-awareness, career awareness, exploration, preparation, and training to confirm interests. Its purpose is to help IEP teams craft postsecondary goals that align with a student’s SPIN as well as plan, instruct, and evaluate to determine if progress has been made toward achieving the transition activities and IEP goals and objectives. Additionally, this process can assist with the identification of resources and supports that are needed to achieve successful postsecondary outcomes.

The following Transition Assessment Process Decision Tree will guide you through the five steps of the transition assessment process. This is an annual process that will take multiple years to move the student towards narrowing down his or her career interests to align with their strengths, preferences, and interests. Through the development of annual transition services and activities, students will move closer to reaching their post-school goals.

The five steps in the transition assessment process are:

1. Gather Existing Data
2. Identify Assessment Needs and Assess
3. Analyze Data
4. Determine and Coordinate Transition Services
5. Instruct and Evaluate


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