MDE-LIO is committed to providing relevant and effective support for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), including supporting the assessment of students’ American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

We provide support by training staff to conduct ASL assessments at the intermediate school district (ISD) and local district level. Assessment results provide data that individualized education program (IEP) teams need to determine baseline skills, plan instruction, monitor student progress, and adjust interventions.

ASL Assessment Resources

Visual Communication and Sign Language (VCSL) Checklist

The VCSL Checklist is a standardized comprehensive checklist used to assist in tracking young children’s sign language development from birth to five.

The Kendall Conversational Proficiency levels (P-Levels)

The P-Level assessment can be found in the toolkit Starting with Assessment: A Developmental Approach to Deaf Children's Literacy. The toolkit is available through the MDE-LIO DHH Resource Library.

ASL Assessment Toolkits

Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) provides several ASL assessment tools on its website.

The American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI)

This assessment is designed to track the yearly progression of ASL and English print literacy over time for students ages 4–18. The ASLAI consists of 11 receptive tasks: five related to vocabulary, three pertaining to syntax, and two reasoning and comprehension tasks.

American Sign Language Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (ASL CIA)

This resource provides teaching materials for three focused areas: curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The site fosters an environment of sharing and providing educational ASL resources for students who are DHH from early childhood through 12th grade. There is a small yearly fee to subscribe.