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Secondary Transition Toolkit: Community Assessments

Category Professional Learning
Imperative Secondary Transition
Resource Type Toolkit

Community Assessments help your students prepare for independent living in their communities by assessing and inventorying their independent living skills and plan for community living. There is also an observation form that can be used with students in a community setting.

We encourage you to use these assessments as well as transition assessments from other sources to gather and organize information on your students in order to prepare them for a seamless transition from school to adult life.


Life Skills Inventory-Independent Living Skill Assessment

Author: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

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This tool assesses a student’s skills in 15 areas of independent living. Students are rated as basic, intermediate, advanced, or exceptional in each area. This assessment could be given over different years to see progress or broken down with age appropriate skills.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

TIME: 45 minutes


Independent Living Skills Assessment

Author: Tilson & Diaz Solutions

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This tool assists school staff, students, and family members in making an inventory of a student’s skill level in a number of common everyday life areas. These areas include household chores, personal care, common community errands, and personal growth and community participation. This tool can guide planning by pinpointing strengths and limitations across these areas.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

TIME: 60 minutes


Planning for Community Living Worksheet

Author: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

This checklist assesses a student’s abilities on 20 aspects of Independent Living. The student checks if they are able to do each task on their own, with support from their family or if they need community services assistance.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

TIME: 30 minutes


Community Observation Form

Author: Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education

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The Community Observation form is a tool for educators to use to observe a student in a community setting to assess a student’s independence and need for assistance.

AGE GROUP: High School

TIME: 30 minutes to half a day

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