Avant STAMP for ASL

Language Proficiency Test for Learners of American Sign Language

About Avant STAMP for American Sign Language (ASL)

Avant STAMP for ASL is a first-of-its-kind American Sign Language test. ASL learners will be evaluated first on the Receptive skill. The Expressive skill is coming soon. This computer-adaptive Sign Language test is conducted entirely online. STAMP for ASL is convenient and affordable!

Avant STAMP for ASL was developed to align with the same proficiency scale and rigor as all other Avant STAMP tests. 

Developed in a Community-Based Collaboration

Avant Assessment developed this American Sign Language assessment in collaboration with Bridges OregonBridges Oregon is one of only two organizations that delivers the National Sign Language Assessment (NSLA) which uses the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) to assess ASL interpreters.

For every test purchased and delivered, a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to Bridges Oregon in support of its mission.

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CREDIT BY EXAM

Avant STAMP for ASL helps both Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) and ASL second language learners earn world language high school or college credits with language skills they have acquired at home. Increase access and equity to higher-level courses and programs by offering the Avant STAMP for ASL test!

 

PLACE WITH CONFIDENCE

By delivering accurate data on test takers’ real-world language proficiency levels, Avant STAMP for ASL can help place students with some American Sign Language skills into appropriate class levels. 

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A Shared Purpose to Support Access Through Language Learning

Avant Assessment is dedicated to improving equity, access and understanding through the improved teaching and learning of languages. 

For every test purchased and delivered, a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to Bridges Oregon in support of their mission.

Bridges Oregon has Deaf veterans that teach ASL K-16 on their team who are instrumental in providing guidance to the Avant test development team in building the assessment. In addition, Bridges Oregon has introduced ASL experts to be part of the team of Avant certified raters who review and rate individual test taker responses.

“As a visual language, ASL presents new test design and technology challenges for online assessment,” says David Bong, CEO of Avant Assessment, “and we are thrilled to now have Bridges Oregon’s expert support as we develop the test. ASL is a quickly growing language in schools and universities across the country. STAMP for ASL will meet the needs of ASL education programs and ASL learners by providing a way to obtain data that will support analysis and professional learning. This will support improvements in learning outcomes and enable learners to qualify for Seals of Biliteracy.”

David Bong, CEO & Co-Founder

“Bridges Oregon looks forward to participating in this new opportunity with Avant and being able to witness a new technology milestone that allows an ASL assessment to be available through Avant’s innovative computer adaptive technology with support from our heritage language scoring assessment team,” says Chad A. Ludwig, Executive Director of Bridges Oregon, “and this partnership is significant as it increases resources to schools and universities.

Chad A. Ludwig, Executive Director

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE AVANT STAMP FOR ASL?

Avant STAMP for ASL was designed for second-language learners of ASL and Children of Deaf Adults (CODA). The Receptive skill assessment may be used as an evaluation for a variety of ASL learners. The Expressive skill may only be administered to learners age 13+ to meet privacy laws for younger test takers.

WHAT ARE THE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR AVANT STAMP FOR ASL?

All of Avant’s testing products are compatible with most browsers and devices, including iPads (iOS version 12+) and Chromebooks, to give you more flexibility when testing. Avant STAMP for ASL uses full motion video for both Receptive and Expressive skills, which requires a strong network connection and a current computer. A computer camera will be required for the signing-Expressive portion of the test. 

WHAT ARE THE BANDWIDTH REQUIREMENTS?

Avant STAMP for ASL uses full motion video to present the content for both Receptive and Expressive skills. Bandwidth requirements will depend on the number of test takers attempting to take the assessment at the same time. Limiting this number will benefit the test takers to ensure the highest quality of video streaming. Technical documentation is forthcoming. 

WHEN ARE THE RESULTS AVAILABLE?

Avant STAMP for ASL (Receptive Skill) scores are available immediately, as soon as test takers complete the section. Refresh the page for updates. 

DO YOU HAVE ASSESSMENTS FOR OTHER LANGUAGES?

We do offer many other assessments in different configurations and languages. Please visit our Sample Tests page to see the languages available for each type of assessment.

Talk to one of our assessment experts for pricing and ordering the Avant STAMP for American Sign Language (ASL) test.

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