Vocational Assessments

This section will provide you with the first stage information in dealing with your student’s preparation for work. You will find the different types of evaluations, and what to expect and ask for in this process.

Crossing the threshold from the world of school to the world of work brings a significant change in everyone's life. School is an entitlement, meaning that it is an environment that our system of government supplies for all of our citizens. The workplace is the opposite; no one is entitled to a job.

One of the most important aspects of transition planning is the preparation of students for the world of work. Up to now, the focus has been on helping students fulfill the educational requirements for graduation from a secondary school. Now comes a very real and practical issue that can create many concerns. With the proper information and resources, this next phase of the transition process can also be very rewarding. Parents and educators must fully understand vocational options in order to help children make the best decisions for his or their future.

The purpose of this section is to give you a strong working knowledge of vocational assessments. After reading this section, you should understand the following:

  • The purpose of vocational assessments
  • Trends in vocational assessments
  • The process involved in vocational assessments
  • Level I, Level II, and Level III vocational assessments
  • Components of a vocational assessment
  • Other assessment options
  • Confidentiality
  • The specific professionals who are trained to help students with disabilities plan and prepare for employment
  • Prevocational skills
  • Skills checklist
  • The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
  • Services provided by the DRS agency
  • What happens when parents contact a DRS agency
  • Conflict resolutions with a DRS agency

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