Follow-Up Meetings and Student ASL Assessments

Recently Geoff uploaded to this website April 2011 updated editions of SLPI Notebook Section 3Bs (three SLPI Rating and Sharing of Results Procedure documents) and Section 7 (Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the SLP). Below I provide some comments about these updated documents.

As many of you know, when Bill Newell and I first collaborated with programs to implement SLPI use, results were shared with SLPI candidates via in-depth written reports and optional follow-up meetings. As we gained experience with the SLPI we moved away from in-depth written reports to a greater focus on follow-up meetings. More information about this evolution is provided in SLPI Notebook Section 7, PAPER #9, Options for Conducting and Sharing SLPI Ratings.

Recent experiences with my Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) colleagues, including Barbara Curtis, Katie Bechtold, Tracie Snow, and Maryrose Claussen, have resulted in updates to the forms and procedures suggested for conducting SLPI Follow-up Meeting services. These updated forms and procedures are provided in Appendix B of the April 2011 editions of SLPI Notebook Section 3B documents.

Current suggested follow-up meeting forms include (1) an ASL priority recommendations checklist, (2) sample ASL priority recommendations with comments that provide SLPI Team members with examples of how recommendations may be made specific to SLPI candidates, and (3) a follow-up meeting feedback form to be given to candidates at the end of follow-up meetings. The checklist and sample priority recommendations forms are consistent with items on SLPI Rater Worksheets, including the order of these items, and these forms are designed to enable SLPI Team members to provide recommendations in a clear, consistent, and minimally time consuming manner. The feedback form is designed to provide candidates with recommendations in print that they may share with their ASL instructors who can then plan and provide instruction specific to their/SLPI candidates’ ASL skills development/ improvement needs.

The major update to SLPI Notebook Section 7 is in PAPER #14: Sign Language Assessment of Students and ASL Assessment Options. Based on experiences gained during AY10-11 my FSDB colleagues and I have updated materials and procedures for conducting FSDB student ASL assessments. Three goals were considered in making these updates: (1) to have student identifying information and factors that may influence student ASL skills development be included (and hopefully automatically appear) on the first page of the student ASL evaluation forms packet, (2) to provide more specific and clear student recommendations for ASL skills development/improvement (similar to updated SLPI Follow-up Meeting forms and procedures in S3B), and (3) to allow results recorded on evaluation forms to be automatically transferred to an FSDB Student ASL Database. Plans are to use these updated materials and procedures to provide AY11-12 ASL assessment services for FSDB kindergarten through 5th grade students.

I encourage you to review and consider implementing use of the updated SLPI Follow-Up Meeting forms and procedures in the April 2011 editions of SLPI Notebook Section 3B documents, and to
review the updated April 2011 edition of Section 7, including the updated information for conducting FSDB student ASL assessments.

And as should be evident, the above updates are the results of continued collaborative efforts between SLPI Trainers/Consultants and our colleagues at programs that have implemented SLPI use; in this case, our colleagues at FSDB. Thank you.

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