University of Edinburgh

Introduction to STASS: assessment of language skills

presented on 19 March 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 16; Number of Respondents: 16

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Put into practice. Set targets for IEP.
Evaluate language development of pre-school children.
Further reading and application to the pupils I work with.
About STASS - more knowledge about English grammar.
Assess spoken language of Primary deaf pupils.
To practise using the STASS materials which we already have (but have not been using) and to share with peri colleagues.
I hope to practise further with course materials prior to assessing my pupils.
Discuss with colleagues, practise using STASS materials together. Use it to assess areas to work on with deaf pupils.
I will begin to assess children I am working with and set targets from the results.
I hope to develop understanding of the language structures of some of the children I work with.  With this, I should be better informed to set targets.
As a start using it when visiting class, ie, write out exact replies to general discussion and then try to analyse it seeing if there are any immediate gaps that I have missed.
To inform my assessment and planning, for reviews and self-evaluation.
To help objectively assess HI pupils in mainstream to provide appropriate language targets.
To assess pupils spoken language.
Discuss with my colleagues what has been learned.
As part of an assessment bank to report on a pupil’s use of language, discussion with other professionals and parents, to set targets and devise activities.  Sharing info about STASS with other ToDs.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Given me confidence in having the ability and expertise to analyse language!
Interaction and involvement rather than passive listening.
Rachel was very approachable and made a difficult content more accessible.
Animated and informed presentation.
Thinking about activities to practise speaking language functions.
The excellent presentation - clear, precise and with a good level of interaction. Also the handout - well presented and a great resource to use back at base.
Serious focus on the actual language spoken by deaf children and how to analyse this.
Excellent handbook which gives written examples and answers to questions. Good presentational pace - lots of practical tasks.
Learning about English grammar in the morning.
Lots of peer discussion and pair working.
Reading the scoring and seeing how it showed where the gaps are.
All very good.
Talking and meeting with others. Sharing ideas. The friendly positive atmosphere.
Working through examples in pairs.
Feel there was too much content for the one day. People can only take in so much at a time.  Liked the little 'concentration' break in the morning - it helped invigorate the mind.
Practical activities. Working and discussion with a partner.  Having Rachel's expertise to help. Email list to share problems - ask for advice.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Morning was a bit too much to take in - last 15 minutes felt I had reached saturation.
Possibly more time, eg; a follow-up course in near future.
Possibly a longer course - more oral worked examples would have been helpful but impossible due to time constraints.
A follow-up session would be useful.
Think it might be better over 2 days - giving more time for practical application.
Maybe a follow-up course in 6 months or something similar.
More worked examples as group in afternoon.
Follow-up session after using material for assessment.
Reduce content. Slow the pace. More examples of each section.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Really enjoyed content of day.
Fabulous resource, ie, book sent out for prior reading  It was a great day, Rachel. A difficult topic delivered in a very 'digestible' form. Well done!
Worry that I will forget skills before I get enough opportunities to practise. Two-day course would allow better mastery of skills.
A really worthwhile experience. Thank you. Just what I needed to help me into using STASS in my work.
Very enjoyable and very useful, thank you.
This is the only SSC course I have been on that I have found to be really useful.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 6; Yes 9; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 3; Likely 12; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
English as a foreign language courses (or links - intro days).
More on school age assessment; primary and secondary.
More on early years assessments.
More on assessment programmes for all ages that can be used in similar ways, i. for planning and monitoring.
Follow-up day? Investigate how useful in practise.
More on school age assessment. Provision for limited language with SQA assessments.

Outcomes Assessment

Chartered Teacher Standard components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes