Career Assessment Services (Career and Transition Services)

Secondary students receiving special education or alternative education services can participate in any career assessment service.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has shown more focus on transition assessment as an integral part of the postsecondary planning process. In FCPS, transition programming is supported through a number of career assessment options designed to address the individual needs of students.  Career assessment services are designed to increase students' self-awareness in relation to career interests, aptitudes, work values, and other worker characteristics. Students may participate in one or more of the following services depending on their individual needs:

Types of Career Assessment

  • Comprehensive evaluations are provided at Mt. Vernon and Marshall Career Assessment Centers by certified and licensed vocational evaluators. The comprehensive evaluation identifies student strengths and needs related to career and transition planning. Students increase their career awareness utilizing realistic tools, materials, and equipment through a hands-on approach. An individualized evaluation plan is developed for each student and accommodations and modifications are provided based on specific student needs. The hands-on nature of this assessment is especially valuable for students who experience academic difficulties as it identifies their abilities and strengths in other areas.
  • Targeted career assessment is also offered at the Mt. Vernon and Marshall Centers and provides a highly individualized approach to assessing an individual’s vocational strengths, interests, temperaments, and aptitudes. The targeted assessment is conducted over two days to reduce the time out of the regular course schedule while still providing adequate time to obtain critical information needed for effective postsecondary planning. A variety of methods and strategies are employed to answer targeted questions related to a student’s career and transition planning such as identifying aptitudes and abilities in a specific career area or identifying interests and preferences.
  • CareerScope® is a computer administered career assessment system designed to provide information regarding a student’s aptitudes and interests through valid and reliable assessment tasks. The assessment takes approximately one to two hours per student to complete. Results are used in guiding an individual toward an appropriate and meaningful career or course of study. Our licensed and certified evaluators are scheduled at high schools throughout the district to administer the CareerScope®. This assessment service is beneficial to secondary special education and alternative education students who are able to work independently and perform under time constraints. A fourth grade reading level is necessary to complete components of this test.
  • Career Snapshot – Our career snapshot team is scheduled at high schools throughout the district to work with groups of 10th grade students enrolled in self-contained academic classes. The team collaborates with school staff in helping students explore their work temperaments, their preferences and interests, and helps them to make personal connections to careers and related preparation.

Who can benefit from Career Assessment Services?

Secondary students receiving special education or alternative education services can participate in any career assessment service.

An individualized evaluation plan is developed for each student that addresses his or her specific needs. Students gain awareness of their interests and strengths related to various career and educational options. The degree of information obtained varies according to the service provided.

For more information about Career Assessment Services, contact:

  • Your employment transition representative
  • Your special education department chair
  • Career and Transition Services at 571-423-4150