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Secondary Transition Toolkit: Self-Determination Assessments

Self-Determination Assessments help your students prepare to be self-advocates by identifying how self-determined they are and identify ways to become more self-determined. 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.

AIR Self-Determination Scale

Author: The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City

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The AIR Self-Determination scale produces a profile of the student’s level of self-determination, identifies areas of strength and areas needing improvement, and identifies specific educational goals that can be incorporated into the student’s IEP. The AIR Assessments measure two broad self-determination components. Capacity refers to the student’s knowledge, abilities, and perceptions that enable them to be self-determined. Opportunity refers to the student’s chances to use their knowledge and abilities.


TIME: 30 minutes

I’m Determined Self Determination Student Self-Assessment

Author: Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Centers – I’m Determined Project

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The Self Determination Student Self-Assessment consists of 19 items and four open ended questions that measure how self-determined the student considers him/herself to be.

AGE GROUP: Middle School

TIME: 20 minutes

The Arc’s Self Determination Scale

Author: Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D. and Kathy Kelchner, M.Ed.

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The Arc’s Self Determination Scale provides students and educators a tool that identifies student strengths, areas of support, and instructional need for self-determination. The scale has 72 items and is divided into four sections that each examine a different essential characteristic of self-determined behavior: Autonomy, Self-Regulation, Psychological Empowerment, and Self-Realization.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

TIME: 40 minutes


Author: James E. Martin & Laura Huber Marshall

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The ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment assesses the self-determination skills and opportunities at school to exercise these skills of middle and high school students with mild to moderate disabilities. The assessment works across three areas: (a) choosing educational, vocational, and personal goals, (b) students’ involvement in their IEP meetings, and (c) students’ attainment of IEP goals, including developing a plan, implementing the plan, self-evaluation of plan progress, and adjusting any of the plan parts.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

TIME: 30 minutes

Self-Determination Goals and Checklists: Transition to Postsecondary Pathways

Author: Toronto Catholic District School Board

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The Self-Determination Goals and Checklists were designed to review skills that help with self-awareness, active participation in school-based meetings, self-advocacy, choice making, and self-management/self-regulation. The student and staff work together to complete the checklistsEach checklist begins with a goal to develop while in high school and ends with a goal to strive to achieve upon graduation from high school, as well as well as identifying next steps for planning future goals.

AGE GROUP:  High School

TIME:  30 minutes – 45 minutes

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