Educational Interpreter Assessment
TASK12 is a project with the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University. TASK12 provides assessments for school-based sign language interpreters. The assessment tool, the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), out of Boys Town Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, is researched based. The following States participate in the TASK12 program:
Educational Interpreter Training Opportunity!
- The Training of Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) project is a comprehensive approach to training designed for K–12 school interpreters who have demonstrated skill levels from 3.0 to 3.4 or 3.5–3.9 on the research-based Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) skill testing instrument. TIPS is also a project within TASK12 and under the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University.
- Training includes one weekend day face-to-face meeting and completion of three online training modules. The weekend meeting is an intensive skill training that concentrates on skills in interpreting and skill development using technology that participants will be using during the online portion (modules). The three online modules are Interpreting Educational Discourse, Fingerspelling in the Classroom, and Discourse Mapping in Education. The TIPS project requires between 60-70 independent hours of time over a five-month period. The EIPA is administered upon successful completion of all three modules in TIPS that measure the progress of the interpreter.
- High speed internet service and some type of digital/video recording equipment are required for participation in the training. CD, DVD/VHS, and Videophone are also helpful pieces of equipment, but not required.
- National sign language interpreter experts, Doug Bowen-Bailey and Patty Gordon, developed these modules with guidance and assistance from Kevin Williams (coauthor of the EIPA instrument). Trainers (Doug Bowen-Bailey, Amy Williamson-Logan, Patty Gordon, and Laurie Shaffer) guide participants through TIPS.
- The cost for the training varies in each State. In many cases there is financial support from the State Educational Department and/or local school districts.
- The SEA receives a comprehensive report regarding interpreter training results.
Visit the TASK12 website: www.task12.org
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