ASL Assessment Toolkits
Since its inception, VL2 has had an ongoing effort to develop and validate measures of ASL skill, especially those that are suitable for tracking and monitoring the development of ASL skill among young children. We have also been working to adapt and modify a broad array of neuro-cognitive measures with ASL translations and methods suitable for both children and adults. Here, we provide links to information about the measures that VL2 has supported. Ultimately our goal is to build a "one-stop shop" ASL assessment portal that will provide access to the to the tools themselves and an online means for test administration.
The ASL RST is intended for use with children ages 4 to 13. It is a measure of a child's emerging receptive knowledge of ASL, especially for children in the younger age ranges. It is an ASL adaption of the British Receptive Skills test developed by Herman, Holmes, & Woll, 1999. Normative data has been collected and is being prepared for publication. The ASL-RST was administered to a natinal sample of approximately 150 deaf 3,4, and 5 year olds as part of the VL2 Early Education Longitudinal Study, where it was found to demonstrate high reliability and concurrent validity for this very young cohort of students.
The ASL Phonological Awareness Test measures a young child's knowledge of and awareness of the phonological building Blocks of ASL. It is designed for use with young children ages 4 to 8. The ASL-PAT is designed with an extensive Web interface allowing for maximum test usage among different groups and an authoring system for maintaining the tool. This interface will become the backbone of an ASL administration portal containing this test, and the others in the toolkit.
These tests assess a test-taker’s ability to imagine a scene from various perspectives. The stimuli are either signed phrases (ASL PTCT) or pictures (Non-ling PTCT) that depict two objects in specific arrangements. A multiple-choice format is used for response options; response time is also measured. Approximately 10 minutes per test.