Dr. David W. Test is a Professor of Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He teaches courses in single subject research, transition, classroom management, and professional writing. The majority of Dr. Test’s publications have focused on self-determination, transition, community-based training, and supported employment. Along with Dr. Nellie Aspel and Dr. Jane Everson he wrote the first transition methods textbook titled Transition Methods for Youth with Disabilities. Dr. Test currently serves as a Co-Project Director (with Dr. Paula Kohler) of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, Co-Director on the North Carolina Indicator 14 Post-school Outcomes Project and the IES CIRCLES project (with Dr. Claudia Flowers), the UNC Charlotte Doctoral Leadership Personnel Preparation Program (with Dr. Diane Browder), and the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism (Transition and Families and Literacy components; with Dr. Diane Browder). Finally, he and Dr. Bob Algozzine currently serve as co-editors of Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. He just does not seem to be able to do anything by himself.
Area(s) of Interest and Research:
- Secondary Transition
- College and Career Readiness for students with disabilities
- Evidence-based practices
- Applied behavior analysis
Ph.D. – The Ohio State University (1983)
M.Ed. – The Ohio State University (1978)
B.A. – Eisenhower College (1975)
- The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is the OSEP-funded technical assistance center for secondary transition. Its purpose is to disseminate information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, schools, and other stakeholders to improve the implementation and scaling up of evidence-based practices to implement transition services designed to ensure college- and career-readiness.
- CIRCLES is an IES research project designed to evaluate the effects of a three-tier model of interagency collaboration, called the Communicating Interagency Relationships and Collaborative Linkages for Exceptional Students (CIRCLES), on transition outcomes for students with disabilities.
- North Carolina Post-School Outcomes Project is funded by NC Department of Public Instruction and is designed to collect Indicator 14 data for the state.
- Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) is a development and research grant funded by IES. CSESA is developing a comprehensive intervention model for high school students with autism spectrum disorders.