University of Edinburgh

Assessment of Comprehension and Expression (ACE)

Presented on Thursday, 26 April


This course explored the use of the language assessment, Assessment of Comprehension and Expression (ACE), which is widely used with school-age children in deaf education. It is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and expertise. Participants will be able to practise the skills needed to arrange the assessment, interpret the results and to work in collaboration to contribute the results of this assessment to IEPs. The ACE assessment is normed on hearing children aged 6-11 and is an assessment which uses spoken English.

Case study examples related the theory about understanding language to the practice of planning IEP targets and language programmes.

This course:

  • introduced the structure and important features of the ACE assessment;
  • built confidence in administering the different parts of the assessment and interpreting the results;
  • helped to use the results to plan IEPs and implement language programmes with deaf children who use speech.

Target Audience: Teachers of deaf children, mainstream teachers and speech and language therapists working with school-age deaf children who use spoken English.

Presenter: Rachel O'Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education, SSC/University of Edinburgh.