Valley Collaborative

The Vocational Readiness Assessment is a comprehensive assessment designed to guide teams in developing relevant IEP goals and benchmarks for students age 13 As-16 who are at the initial stages of vocational readiness/exploration. The following assessment tools are used.
 
Assessment Tool Skills Measured
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale/ Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WAIS/WISC):(scores are obtained from referring agency) General intellectual functioning
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT)
Receptive vocabulary
Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT)
Academic achievement in reading recognition, spelling and math
Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test (BVMGT) and Haptic Visual Discrimination Test (HVDT) Visual/Motor integration skills
McCarron Assessment of Neuromuscular Development(MAND)
Fine and gross motor skills,bimanual dexterity, persistent control, balance and muscle power
Observational Emotional Inventory (OEI)
Behaviors which may interfere with educational or vocational potential
Street Survival Skills Questionnaire (SSSQ) and Behavior Rating Scale (BRS)
Ability to function autonomously in the community or work environment
 
Wide Range Interest Opinion Test (WRIOT2)
 
This test consists of 238 two-picture groupings depicting a variety of occupations from which an individual indicates whether or not he/she likes the job, dislikes the job or is undecided. The results are compared and job clusters determined.
 
The Work Readiness Inventory (WRI)
 
This assessment is designed to help workers recognize and address the demands of the workplace by identifying their readiness concerns or areas of weakness. This report identifies levels of concern in six areas crucial to work readiness: Responsibility, Flexibility, Skills, Communication, Self View, and Health and Safety.
 
Perceptual Memory Tasks (PMT)
 
This test consists of six activities that assess memory functions. This information is useful in determining an individual’s learning style, formulating appropriate teaching strategies and planning vocational programs.
 
A Vocational Readiness Assessment typically consists of 2 consecutive days (consecutive days preferred but can be segmented if need be).
 
Following the evaluation, a report will be generated providing detailed information regarding the student’s strengths, aptitudes, and interests as well as suggestions and recommendations for future planning and remediation/transition. The evaluator will also be available for consultation, or to attend meetings.
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