Explain how you would use assessment and planning to best support this student with her goals upon graduation: Charlita is a senior at Kelsey High School and a motivated student that enjoys...

Explain how you would use assessment and planning to best support this student with her goals upon graduation:

Charlita is a senior at Kelsey High School and a motivated student that enjoys school. She is in special education classes and receives support in every subject. Charlita does community work with a group of students from school and also is involved with a community outreach program. She credits her involvement with the outreach as a source that enhanced her reading and writing skills. She is attending vocational training for office skills and wants to stay in the community near her family and friends. Her mother was the primary provider and no longer needs to work hard since marrying Ramon Rivera. Charlita loves and respects Ramon. They do not want Charlita to work, feeling her outreach program and attention to school are plenty. Charlita had minor behavioral problems for talking during class, but will still earn a high school diploma.

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Several kinds of assessment are relevant to helping Charlita define and achieve her transitional goals. First, formal and informal assessments from her classes and special education teachers are critical to understanding her academic strengths and weaknesses. What will she still need support with when she's out of high school (for example, it sounds like she's improved in her reading, but may need more help with math)?

Second, vocational assessments (again, both formal and informal) will help determine what jobs Charlita would be best suited for. It's critical to take her interests into account here. It's also important -- and legally mandatory -- to consult with her family, but Charlita is old enough that unless her abilities are impacted to the point that she needs significant support in multiple areas, she should be able to take a lead role on her planning team. 

That said, you can also note to her family that the goal of special education is for Charlita to be as independent and participate in life activities as much as possible, and that includes work/financial independence. There are a lot of jobs out there that could incorporate the office skills she's learning now with the community outreach she enjoys doing. The planning team could draft a plan to identify these jobs, the strengths to highlight on applications and areas of weakness she may need support in, and a timeline for achieving employment.