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ASHA Releases New Method of Evaluating School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists

System Designed to Create More Accurate and Equitable Measure Than the Teacher Evaluation Assessment

(Rockville, MD - October 15, 2012)  

In an effort to improve upon current methods of evaluating school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has developed a new accountability measure, the Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness (PACE).

Recognizing that SLPs are likely to be included in value-added assessment (VAA) systems designed to measure individual teacher effectiveness, ASHA designed PACE to more accurately reflect the SLP's unique role in a child's academic success.

The PACE accountability measure comprises a portfolio review, self-reports, and on-site classroom observation. The PACE document includes background information on VAA, an extensive review of the research on VAA for teachers, a performance review process, and ways to advocate for the adoption of PACE at the state and local levels. Advocacy tools include a step-by-step process for ASHA state associations and members to advocate for change, a sample PowerPoint presentation, and frequently asked questions. All of the PACE resources can be accessed at

"We hope that school districts will adopt PACE to support an accurate determination of our members' critical roles in improving student performance," ASHA President Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP says. "PACE provides our state associations and members with a comprehensive approach to help them accomplish this."


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. For more information, please visit or call 800-498-2071.

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