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Introduction and Background of the ND Transition Assessment Matrix

  • The ND Transition Assessment Matrix tool was developed to provide assistance to professionals when selecting the types of transition assessments to use for evaluating student’s skills related to the student’s postsecondary goals. { IDEA 2004 Regulation  300.320(b) Transition services . Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team, and updated annually, thereafter, the IEP must include—(1) Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills…}
  • This tool was developed by a Sub-Committee of the ND Secondary Transition Community of Practice Advisory Council. This sub-committee consisted of representatives from the following agencies: State and Local Education, State and Local Rehabilitation and Consulting Services, ND University System Disability Services Support Providers, and Developmental Disabilities Services.  ( Sarah Anderson, Ron Dahley, Janet Green, Cheryl Hess, Peggy Lutovsky, Bunnie Johnson-Messelt, Fern Olson, Marlene Seaworth, Laurie Skadsem, and Gerry Teevens)
  • The Matrix includes:
    • Recommended transition service activities per grade.
    • A listing of potential skill areas to assess based on the student’s postsecondary goals and transition services needs. The Matrix is arranged around the transition domain areas of independent living, Post Secondary Education/Training, Jobs and Job Training, and Related Services
    • For each skill area listed in each transition domain a link is provided to various tools that could be used to assess that particular skill area.





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