What is the problem?
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) have not been validated or normed on students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Therefore there is speculation that the test results do not accurately reflect the academic levels of students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
The only way to know how students compare to their typically hearing peers is to assess the students weekly on their progress toward the mandated state standards for each grade level.
Who is affected?
Deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing K-12 students.
What is the proposed solution?
Thirty members of the School Age work groups joined the national pilot study using AVE:D/HH as a progress monitoring tool. Dr. Susan Rose and Anna Paulson trained any interested districts and their teachers. Twenty-seven teachers included their school age students in the study. Ave:D/HH is a tool that was developed specifically for students who are deaf/hard of hearing and directly aligns with state of Minnesota academic standards.
The Pilot study was conducted with children ages Kindergarten - grade 8 who are deaf/hard of hearing. 241 students. 30% from schools for the deaf, 45% hard of hearing students in general ed. setting. 25% in resources room setting.
The pilot group was asked to participate by running the one-minute game-like assessment weekly for three consecutive months. The results of the weekly assessment are added to a data chart comparing the students' progress against their own gains and against the state standard requirements. The data progress charts will also be compared against the student's MCA scores to show evidence of reliability between the two assessments.
This proposed solution was accepted by the Collaborative Plan stakeholders. The current results of the pilot study were shared at the 2015 Collaborative Experience for Professionals and Parents.
What is the timeline?
The pilot has closed. The teachers who participated were given a $100 gift card. Researched evidence has proven that weekly measures of student progress results in improved teaching and better academic outcomes for students. There is no timeline for implementing evidence based practices. The collaborative stakeholders encourage teachers to use progress monitoring measures as a standard practice. The Resource Institute on Progress Monitoring (RIPM) develops products and information, including a literature review and a brochure. Their product resources is available on the RIPM website (external link).
How can I get involved?
AVE:D/HH is an online tool that will be available to any teacher or parent who is interested in using the game-like assessment with their student.
Who do I contact for more information?
Dr. Susan Rose, AVE:D/HH Trainer
Anna Paulson, AVE:D/HH Trainer
Progress Monitoring Tools - University of Minnesota (external link)