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MEMO: AP 01-29

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

October 11, 2001

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Lorna Joseph, Director of Program Support

SUBJECT: Assessing Skills of Younger Youth (14-18) with Disabilities/Special Needs

America's Workforce Network

Purpose: To provide policy guidance regarding the measurement of performance in both basic skills and work readiness skills for younger youth (14-18) with disabilities or special needs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

Policy: Effective November 1, 2001, assessment of basic skills for youth with disabilities or special needs should be based on each youth’s Individual Education (IEP), or information from it, and should include close consultation between the WIA-funded youth services staff and the school personnel. The WIB should obtain that plan, or information excerpted from it, from the local school system for each WIA-eligible youth with a disability. After consultation with school staff, the WIA-funded youth services staff should determine on a case-by-case basis what approach to skills assessment should be taken and what appropriate annual goals are reasonable for each youth, consistent with the IEP. Goal setting and goal attainment must be documented, and appropriate records must be maintained.

Assessment of work readiness skills should be conducted using the modified ECS-based system that was distributed earlier this year (reference memo from OWC staff to WIB Directors, February 2, 2001) and that is currently in use for all younger youth. If accommodations need to be made for an individual youth with special needs, the need for accommodation must be documented, using information from the IEP. On a case-by-case basis, the minimum annual goal of at least three levels may be modified as appropriate for the individual youth; it may be reduced to two levels, to one, or whatever other accommodation is appropriate. Any accommodation made must be supported by documentation, and should be consistent with the student’s IEP.

Any questions may be directed to your area liaison.

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