Standard 5: Assessment of Students

The program provides opportunities for candidates to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assess students in a comprehensive manner within the breadth of the credential authorization. Each candidate understands and uses multiple sources of information in order to participate in progress monitoring and in decision making regarding eligibility and services. The program provides candidates with the knowledge and skill to assess students from diverse backgrounds and varying language, communication, and cognitive abilities. The program provides opportunities for using both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' needs and strengths for the purpose of making accommodations, modifications, instructional decisions and ongoing program improvements. The program provides the opportunities for each candidate to demonstrate the knowledge of required statewide assessments and local, state and federal accountability systems.

In the May 2011 United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters regarding Deaf and hard of hearing children, the need for an education that is individualized, including delivery by qualified professionals with knowledge of hearing-related issues was reiterated.  Trained teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students are fully qualified in the assessment of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Teachers with an Education Specialist: Deaf and hard of hearing credential are not qualified to assess children who do not have a hearing loss.  Candidates acquire background knowledge of assessment, eligibility, diverse backgrounds, and services in CDDS 114 Education of Exceptional Children. Formal and informal assessment techniques are presented for each disability category under IDEA for academic achievement, adaptive skills, and curriculum based assessments in CDDS 114.  In the CDDS 255 Seminar in Assessment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth, candidates gain in-depth knowledge in assessing deaf and hard of hearing children using formal and informal assessments designed for deaf and hard of hearing students and formal assessments that include deaf and hard of hearing children in the norming population .  Formal and informal assessments are used evaluate students' needs and strengths for the purpose of making accommodations, modifications, instructional decisions in field placements in CDDS 262 Seminar in Speech, CDDS 260 Advanced Clinical Practice: Deaf Education, CDDS 258 Student Teaching: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and CDDS 268 Externship with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.  Student teaching and externship placements also provide opportunities for demonstrating knowledge of required statewide assessments and local, state and federal accountability systems and participate in ongoing program improvements. Student teachers assess and monitor students’ performance on specific lessons, through curriculum based assessments, formal district designed assessments, state-wide assessments, observation, portfolio assessment, and three-year evaluations required in the IEP process. The student teaching evaluation documents students' progress.

The entire program will be using examples from the new SmarterBalance assessment related to California Common Core Standards as adopted by the state.

Faculty supervising student teachers are Council on the Education of the Deaf certified and/or California credentialed teachers for deaf and hard of hearing students.  Dr. Paul Ogden, Ms. Nan Barker, and Ms. Chantel Cox supervise student teachers.

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