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Dojonovic Schutzman, Stacie (2016) A STUDY OF TRANSITION COORDINATORS' IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGE APPROPRIATE TRANSITION ASSESSMENT MANDATE. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this research study was to examine how transition coordinators in LEAs, all practicing within the one state, were responding to the age appropriate transition assessments provision in IDEIA 2004. A survey accompanied by a letter requesting participation was sent to all transition coordinators identified in the annual Transition Coordinator Directory on the Pennsylvania Department of Educations website. One hundred and eight (108) LEA level transition coordinators completed the survey and provided detailed responses and explanations to multiple choice and open-ended questions about how they implemented the age appropriate transition assessment provision. The response rate of 31% indicated that transition assessment was a topic that transition coordinators wanted to discuss. Additionally, five LEA transition coordinators were randomly selected from those responders to participate in confirmatory follow-up interviews. In their responses, transition coordinators asked for a more explicit definition of transition assessment from the SEA, more time to implement transition assessment at the local level, a policy that mandates a full time transition coordinator in each district, resources from the state to enhance implementation of the transition assessment mandate instead of simple compliance, dissemination of evidence-based practices for transition assessment, increased interagency partnerships with a true shared responsibility for implementing transition assessment, student and family involvement, and increased support from general educators for the implementation of the age appropriate transition assessment mandates particularly for students fully included in the mainstream. Implications of the survey results for practice and for future research are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dojonovic Schutzman, StacieSLD84@pitt.eduSLD840000-0001-9045-6850
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairZigmond,
Committee MemberRobertson,
Committee MemberKokina, Annastasia
Committee MemberWard,
Date: 22 April 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 April 2016
Approval Date: 22 April 2016
Submission Date: 5 April 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 140
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition, transition assessment, age-appropriate transition assessment, LEA Implementation of transition, implementation of transition assessment, IDEIA implementation
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 13:49
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2016 05:15


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