Online Professional Development » Transition Assessments

Transition Assessments

Conducting Necessary Transition Assessments

The purpose of this training is to give educators the information and tools needed to conduct meaningful transition assessments. Conducting age-appropriate transition assessments is the foundation for building quality transition services for students with disabilities.

In this course, you will learn more about:

  • The role of transition assessments within the transition process
  • The federal and state requirements for transition assessments
  • The difference between formal and informal assessments for transitions
  • How to choose appropriate transition assessments based on individual student needs
  • How to use the results of transition assessments within the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

TransitionTN -TransitionTN is a partnership among the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Vanderbilt University, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD. The courses below are free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.


  • Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment - This online course will help you apply the guidelines for choosing an appropriate transition assessment and gain knowledge on the methods for conducting quality and comprehensive assessment.
  • Transition Assessment Online Database - This database and video overview will provide you tips on selecting and using assessments with your students.


Transition Coalition - The Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. The module below is free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.


  • Transition Assessment: The Big Picture - This online module will explore recommended practices in transition assessment. It includes various types of approaches for assessment and provides opportunities for applying these research-based ideas.