Secondary Transition Related Resources

This page contains resources related to secondary transition in the following areas: 

Secondary Transition Planning

Related Resources

Transition Assessment

Defining Transition Assessment

Transition assessment is an ongoing process of gathering information that will help students, educators, and family members make informed decisions about life, during and after high school.

The results in a student’s transition assessment will fuel the development of meaningful goals and objectives on the IEP (Individualized Education Program). Functional literacy and numeracy, basic computer competence and self-advocacy are foundational skills that each student needs to learn.

The purpose of transition assessment is to identify a student’s strengths, preferences, interests, and needs and then assimilate these findings into a rigorous school program complete with realistic postsecondary goals, a challenging course of study, practical real-life community experiences, extra-curricular activities, and paid work, as appropriate, for an individual student. What and how many different transition assessments will be used will vary from student to student. The findings of one assessment, for example, may indicate the need for another assessment in an area that the initial assessment identified. No one size fits all.

One’s preferences and interests also may change over time. Transition assessment will guide a student from self-awareness to career awareness to career exploration and ultimately, to career decision making. At any time along this continuum, a student may discover an interest, previously unexplored, that may lead to a new postsecondary goal. A student may also change his/her mind several times during the high school years when given the opportunity to explore various post-school options.
(Excerpt from CSDE Transition Assessment Resource Manual, 2008)

Related Resources

Post-School Outcome Goal Statements (PSOGS) & Annual IEP Transition Goals & Objectives

CDSE Resources
Related Resources

Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination

Related Resources
Connecticut Resources
Other Resources

Person-Centered Planning

What is Person-Centered Planning (PCP)?

PCP is “a family of approaches for discovering what is most important to a person and specifying the opportunities, accommodations, and assistance that will give the person the best chance of experiencing what is most important.”
(John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint, and Lynda Kahn, 2010)

Related Resources
Connecticut Resources
Other Resources

Assistive Technology

CSDE Resources
Related Resources
Connecticut Resources
Other Resources

Other Connecticut State Agencies

Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Department of Labor (DOL)

Student Publications

Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) / Map of WIB areas

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS)

Additional Secondary Transition Resources

General Resources
Postsecondary Training and Education Resources
Independent Living Skills

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