ERIC Number: ED315214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Cleaning Out the Wheelbarrow: Planning Appropriate Assessments for Transition.
Finn, David M.; Tazioli, Pam
Planning assessment procedures for disabled young children is a concern that grows as the students move from among various community or state agency programs. This paper discusses the issues surrounding interagency transition procedures and introduces a guide for helping agency personnel define problems with the transition process. It also discusses strategies rural providers can use to plan efficient interagency transition procedures and components of assessment tools that facilitate transition. Service providers should begin by being aware of other programs, other services, and their eligibility requirements. Transition pre-planning should be well-documented and specific to the student's needs. Agencies can address their community's interagency transition process by evaluating transition procedures that are currently in place. Once they have identified problems, they can begin to examine solutions. Student assessment is one of the most important factors to be discussed. A number of models might be considered for conducting multi-disciplinary assessments. Once an interactive process for conducting assessments has been chosen, the next step is to select assessment tools to meet agencies' needs. Cooperative or team members should consider the purpose of the assessment, the quality of test materials, and applicability of the instrument to the targeted population. Providers who work together to comprehensively assess the children and families they serve can also eliminate transition redundancy. (TES)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Cooperation, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Transfer Policy, Transfer Students, Young Children
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Education and the Changing Rural Community: Anticipating the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 1989 ACRES/NRSSC Symposium. See RC 017 257.