The Clerc Center is excited to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of American Sign Language (ASL) content standards for grades K-12.
Nationally, states have established standards and benchmarks for what students should know and be able to demonstrate in academic subject areas, including English and some foreign languages. However, formal standards and benchmarks have not yet been established for ASL learning for students in grades K-12. Given the importance of being able to assess students' ASL skills by comparing them against a set of standards and planning instruction accordingly, the development of such standards is a key component of helping deaf and hard of hearing students become fluent in both ASL and English.
The Clerc Center is now initiating this essential process by soliciting proposals for a contract to develop ASL content standards for use in grades K-12. Individuals and groups with expertise in ASL acquisition and teaching are invited to submit a proposal outlining a process through which ASL content standards will be established. This process should inculde an analysis of the research that supports the structure and content of a proposed set of content standards and benchmarks.