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Transition Assessments by Rachel Powers
Transcript of Transition Assessments by Rachel Powers
Test measures cognitive skills for academic learning. Includes processing, sequencing, learning and planning skills. Scales are interpreted by a clinician and results inform the student, family and educators of the student's potential for post secondary education, eligibility for adult services and future work prospects.
Relates to transition as the results guide the team members
Strengths- If administered by a fluent signer, the results are very valid. This test is very popular and reliable test for deaf, autistic and other language impaired students.
Weaknesses- If the full scale KABC II is given the results may show lack of exposure to spoken language and not cognitive level. Verbal parts of the test are not normed for Deaf and hard of hearing students so the verbal sections would not be appropriate or accurate to give. Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment , The
Air Self Determination Scale, Interviews, Work Observations
ITransition -from Pepnet, interest surveys and situational work assessments. Individually administered self reporting assessment across 9 domains-daily living, housing, money management, career planning, relationships and a sense of belonging. Scores are interpreted by the student, family and transition team.
Relates well to transition as it gives the team thorough information across the domains of life.
Strengths: Free, completely on-line, geared towards different age groups, may be administered via an interview and includes lesson plans.
Weaknesses: If a student doesn't have literacy skills or access to a computer the assessment may be difficult to use. Transition Assessments
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Students by Rachel Powers Criterion references Transition Assessments
*Information is drawn from the student to map out a plan
to include gauging the level of student determination to reflect a new emphasis in the IDEA 2004 on student involvement. The Transition Competency Battery (TCB) -adapted for deaf and hard of hearing students. Rationale: Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA) "Transition is defined as an ongoing process of collecting an individual's needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal and social environments" Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council of Exceptional Children Next examples of assessments: The Transition Competency Battery was made to measure transition skills of Deaf and hard of hearing students and normed from a sample of that population. The test includes vocational skills, social skills, community and home skills, life skills, and money management skills. The TBC is administered by a clinician and shared with the student, family and education team to plan for the student's future.
Strengths: The test contains computerized signed prompts as well as written prompts. It can be given in a group or individual setting.
Has Deaf norms
Has questions specific to Deaf needs such as how to access services.
Weaknesses: Refers to old technology like ttys - devices to encode phone messages which has been replaced with video chat, texting and facebook. AIR Self Determination Scale
Developed by the Americans Institutes of Research in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University. This test measures the student's ability to create goals and the student's sense of determination. The transition specialist interprets the results and the student, family and team members use the information to assist the student in becoming a more key player in the student's transition planning.
This assessment relates well to person centered planning at the heart of the transition plan.
Strengths: The test results produce a profile which can help the team create goals. Results can help the student gain self determination, a vital skill.
The user guide has a curriculum guide to assist the team.
Weaknesses: Self report may not be accurate. The test may not be accessible to students who are not fluent in English. Air Self Determination Scale Cops Picture Inventory of Careers (COPS-PIC)
The COPS picture inventory is an individualized, norm referenced picture inventory of vocational interests.
Scores show a relative interest interest in each of the 14 career clusters- professional, service, outdoor, clerical and communication - to name a few.
Relates well to transition as it can inform students of choices and helps the team guide the student to create transition goals.
Benefits: Presents a wide range of careers in picture format. Accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing students and non readers.
Weaknesses: Students from other cultures may not have enough knowledge to form opinions on different jobs, the images may be outdated. i Transition - It's all about me by Pepnet The is a free on-line transition curriculum which includes criterion referenced self assessments for deaf and hard of hearing students. The assessments include self interests, preferences, learning styles and self advocacy skills. The student and the transition specialist review the student's results and share with the team.
This test relates well to transition.
Benefits: Relates well to deaf and hard of hearing students! Provides simulated experiences of being a first year college student.
Weaknesses: Although Pepnet claims the curriculum can be adapted to lower achieving deaf and hard of hearing students, the program has very little application to skills for daily living. Bibliography
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment: A Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http.www.nsttac.org 3/23/13
Casey Life Skills Assessment. Retrieved from http:www.casey.org.
Davis, Cheryl and Annette Leonard. (2006-2007) A Key to Evaluation: The Transition Competence Battery for Deaf Adolescents and Young Adults. Odyssey Clerc Center Pub. Wash. DC
Douglas, Laura, et al. Psychological Assessment Practices with Students who are Deaf and Hard fo Hearing (D/HH) Frequently Asked Questions. retrieved from http:www.csdb.org 3/23/2013.
Kaufman Assessment Battery For Children retrieved from http:www.psychcorp.pearson. assessment.com 3/24/13. The Kaufman Assessment and Battery for Children, 2nd ed. non verbal scales The Idea 2004 requires schools to create appropriate post secondary goals based on age appropriate assessments that relate to training, education, employment and when appropriate the acquisition of independent living skills. COPS Picture Inventory of Careers