ERIC Number: ED434455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-16
Current Status of Educational Interpreter Certification for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Anderson, Nancy; Easterbrooks, Susan R.
This report summarizes the outcomes of a National Task Force on Educational Interpreting that was established to examine and clarify roles and responsibilities, training and certification, working conditions, and other issues and needs concerning the involvement of educational interpreters in regular education environments. The task force found: (1) educational interpreters need to be recognized as members of the educational team; (2) the increasing number of students with deafness enrolled in the mainstream has caused a crisis in availability of prepared professionals; (3) many students have no interpreter or an underqualified interpreter; (4) many systems do not have supervisory staff with sufficient expertise to evaluate educational interpreters; and (5) job descriptions for educational interpreters vary greatly from one setting to another. The task force recommended the development of certification standards and the promotion of these standards to the states. Since that time, 11 states have developed and implemented standards. The problem of availability of personnel remains critical. The report discusses the roles and responsibilities of the educational interpreter, special problems in the rural environment, the use of teachers of students with deafness as interpreters, and the role of the National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper resented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (Charlotte, NC, April 16, 1999).