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Transition Planning Inventory–Second Edition

James R. Patton and Gary M. Clark


Provides a systematic way to address critical transition planning areas that are mandated by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 and to account for individual students preferences, interests, strengths, and needs. Key information is gathered from students, parents, guardians, and school personnel through the use of rating scales and open-ended questions. The TPI-2 can serve as the main vehicle for identifying transition needs or complement existing procedures that are being used in a school district. The most important outcomes are to identify transition preferences, interests, strengths, and needs regardless of methodology; develop necessary plans; and act on resultant goals.

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Administration and Resource Guide: This guide includes an overview of the instrument; detailed administrative procedures; guidelines for completing each of the forms used in the TPI-2; suggestions for interpreting and using the results of the TPI-2; and an extensive case study showing how to move from assessment to planning and action. The guide also includes a detailed description of how the instrument was developed and information about the technical features of the TPI-2. The guide also contains five appendices: three sets of item descriptions for each of the rating scales; strategies for administering the student and home rating forms; and a comprehensive matrix for that links the rating scale items to other more detailed assessments that are part of the TPI-2.

Forms: The TPI contains six basic forms. New to the TPI-2 are two student interests and preferences forms. The first form is used at the beginning of the transition planning process and the other form is used closer to the time when the student is leaving school. In addition, the TPI-2 maintains the three key rating forms (student, school, home). The kit also contains a Profile and Further Recommendations Form that provides a way to display the results obtained from the individual rating forms and plan any further assessments that might be needed. The student, home, and school rating forms now have 57 items; the Student Rating Form and Home Rating Form are written at a lower readability level than the School Rating Form.

Informal Assessments for Transition Planning–Second Edition: This resource contains more 818 sub-competencies for the 57 TPI-2 items. The resource also contains 52 informal instruments (with directions on how to use the instrument) that are related to the 57 TPI-2 items. The purpose of the book is to provide a way to confirm transition preferences, interests, strengths, and needs to enhance transition planning.

Resource CD: The TPI-2 now includes a CD that contains seven additional resources that are useful for transition planning. The resources are: scripts for administering the TPI-2; additional case studies; a reference guide for linking TPI-2 items to services in the community; translations of the Home Rating Form; translations of the item descriptions for the Home Rating Form; Home Preferences and Interests Form; and an updated Modified Form for Students with Significant Support Needs.

Transition Planning Inventory–Second Edition: Computer Version (TPI-2-CV): An electronic alternative to the TPI-2. The 57 items, clustered by 11 transition-planning areas, are presented on screen, one at a time.
  • A “Read Aloud” feature for directions, items, and further information.
  • The Profile and Further Assessment Recommendations Form is generated automatically and can be printed either numerically or by strengths.
  • All student profiles can be kept in one secure location.
The Resource CD and TPI-2-CV both include 7 additional resources, useful for transition planning:
  • Scripts for Administering the TPI-2
  • Additional case studies
  • A reference guide for Linking TPI-2 items to services in the community
  • Translations of the Home Rating Form including English, Chinese, Spanish, and Korean languages.
  • Translations of the item descriptions for the Home Rating Form
  • (Resource CD) Home Preferences and Interests Form
  • (TPI-2-CV) PDFs of the Student Preferences and Interests Forms
  • An updated Modified Form for Students with Significant Support Needs. Back to the top


James R. Patton and Gary M. Clark

Age Range 4 to 22 years

Number of Items 57

Administration Time 15 to 30 minutes

Administration Type Individually-administered

Qualification Level B

Format Handscored