Professional Performance Appraisal by Individuals Outside the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Position Statement

Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Performance Appraisal

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This position statement is an official policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was adopted by the ASHA Legislative Council (LC 30-92) in November 1992. It was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Performance Appraisal: Ron Gillam (chair), Therese Goldsmith, Cassandra Peters-Johnson (ex officio), Judith Rassi, Rebecca Reeves, and Toya Wyatt. Vice President for Governmental and Social Policy Jean H. Lovrinic was the monitoring vice president. See the technical report “Professional Performance Appraisal by Individuals Outside of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology” (1992) developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Performance Appraisal.

Position Statement

It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that professional performance appraisals of speech-language pathologists and audiologists who are engaged in the delivery of clinical services should include an assessment of the clinical skills that are unique to the employee's profession. This component of the performance appraisal should be conducted by people who hold ASHA certification (and licensure where appropriate) in the employee's professional area. In cases in which organizational structure precludes adoption of this position, participatory approaches (peer evaluations and/or self-evaluations) should be instituted as components of the performance appraisal process.

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