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," says ASHA President Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP. "PACE provides our state associations and members with a comprehensive approach to help them accomplish this."


SOURCE: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)