Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges

Joe Timmons, Mary Podmostko, Chris Bremer PhD, Don Lavin, Joan Wills


A guide providing adults who work with youth with disabilities a solid understanding of the purpose, benefits, and limitations of assessment in relation to those youth and the workforce development system. Designed for policymakers, administrators, and youth service practitioners (including teachers, transition coordinators, work experience coordinators, job coaches, and others), it can be used in secondary and postsecondary education programs, school to work transition programs, One-Stop workforce centers, youth employment programs, community rehabilitation programs, and community organizations serving youth and young adults ages 14-25. It includes information on types of assessment tools and testing instruments, selecting and using appropriate assessment tools, and ethical and legal considerations in assessments. Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, a partnership of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Institute on Community Integration's National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and PACER Center.

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Resource Guide 
rev. ed.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Transition planning
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
    • Postsecondary education
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Assessment of individuals