The Clerc Center is committed to the development and dissemination of research-based, rigorous K-12 American Sign Language (ASL) content standards based on current research combining the latest understanding of first language acquisition in ASL and current principles in standards-based education. These standards will describe the breadth, depth, and range of complexity of language skills that students who are deaf or hard of hearing need in order to meet the academic ASL expectations of their grade. These standards and benchmarks will guide teachers in planning instruction by comparing student skills against these milestones and will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Following a competitive proposal process, we engaged a team of academic and linguistic professionals from around the country to develop an initial draft of the standards and a related research summary. The Clerc Center has validated the research synthesis developed by the ASL Standards Contract Team. The research synthesis consisted of a collection of current research on ASL development and acquisition from kindergarten to twelfth grade as well as the proposed framework of standards strands and benchmarks of what ASL skills students should learn by grades three, five, eight, and twelve. This research synthesis served as the foundation for the next phase of the development process.
In the second phase of development, the Clerc Center is partnering with the California School for the Deaf, Fremont to develop the standards and benchmarks while the Clerc Center oversees the development of the rationale; the feedback, review, and validation processes; and the final design and dissemination of the content standards. We will begin an open comment process this fall to gather feedback to help share the final design of the content standards as a web-based product. Look for information on this soon.
The Clerc Center plans to launch the content standards in January 2018
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