ERIC Number: ED373541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-10
Reference Count: 0
Measuring ASL and Written English Development of Deaf Students.
Kelly, Eileen; And Others
This paper discusses the development of a criterion-referenced assessment measure for both written English and American Sign Language (ASL) that can be used with deaf elementary through secondary students. The measure is presented as well as the results of a trial use. Developed by the Cleary School for the Deaf, the Cleary Language Assessment (CLA) uses non-verbal stimuli, such as silent films, to gather written and signed samples (which are videotaped). These samples are analyzed both objectively and subjectively. The objective analysis measures seven components of the English language (punctuation, grammar, capitalization, vocabulary, sentences, paragraphs, and word usage), while the subjective analysis measures the organizational cohesiveness of written language. The ASL component of the measure consists of a checklist of ASL skills. The scores of 32 elementary and high school students who took the CLA during the 1990-91 academic year are appended, along with a discussion of the validity of the measure. (MDM)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Check Lists, Criterion Referenced Tests, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Grammar, Language Proficiency, Measures (Individuals), Punctuation, Student Evaluation, Syntax, Test Construction, Test Content, Test Items, Test Validity, Vocabulary, Written Language
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cleary Language Assessment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (28th, Baltimore, MD, March 8-12, 1994).