How Do We Plan for Transition? 
Transition planning begins with a comprehensive transition assessment. Transition assessment involves determining the young adult's vision for his/her future as well as identifying the skills that he/she will need to reach their goals. It is useful to think about transition assessment as three major components:
  1. Assess the student: Identify the student’s needs, strengths, preferences, and interests. This can be done through both formal and informal assessments (e.g., standardized tests, interviews, surveys, interest inventories). Also identify the student's and his/her family's vision and dreams for post-school life. This can be done through person-centered planning.
  2. Assess current and future environments: Identify and analyze the characteristics and demands of the student’s current and future living, working, and educational environments. This can be done through inventories of skills needed in potential environments and should also include observations of the student in each environment (e.g., sampling a job or visiting a grocery store to determine skills that are needed).
  3. Make the match: Compare the student’s current strengths, needs, preferences, and interests with the demands of the desired future environments. Determine if there is a match: a good match will lead to placement and then monitoring of progress; a possible but not definite match will lead to placement with accommodations, support, assistive technology, or instruction; a match that is not good, even with supports, will lead to further assessment. 
Transition assessment is not a one-time assessment; it is a process that is engaged in continually throughout the transition years. As young adults get closer to the time of leaving school, their goals become more specific and their needs change. Transition assessment should be updated each year as part of the IEP process. Additionally, the IEP should include plans for ongoing assessment throughout the year. 


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