CLTSLA Description

The Cued Language Transliterator State Level Assessment (CLTSLA) was first implemented in 1991. The CLTSLA is a transliterator assessment tool designed to provide states with an efficient and inexpensive means for assessing the quality of cued language transliteration service providers, in keeping with national standards. The CLTSLA consists of two (2) parts: a written assessment and a performance assessment.

Written Assessment

The Written Assessment is a 50 question, multiple choice medium through which a individual's knowledge of information fundamental to the role and responsibilities of a cued language transliterator can be measured and documented.

Included are questions pertaining to the Code of Conduct, the Code of Ethics of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., various populations of deaf people, research related to cuing, and interpreting/transliterating terminology.

Performance Assessment

The CLTSLA Performance Assessment is designed to serve as a medium through which the quality of an individual's cued language transliterating skills can be measured and documented. Five (5) expressive tasks are presented: two-part dialogue/performance, first-grade story with AES, freelance lecture, freelance paraphrasing, and foreign language in an educational setting. Two (2) receptive tasks are presented for voicing.

Pre-Examination Consideration

The CLTSLA Package is available to state agencies who are responsible for the evaluation of interpreters and transliterators in keeping with state mandates. The CLTSLA Package consists of one (1) written assessment, one (1) warm-up performance videotape, and one (1) performance videotape. A second version of the performance assessment can be purchased with the package.

Scoring and Rating

Scoring of the CLTSLA Performance Test is performed by a panel of three (3) trained raters. Each panel consists of at least one (1) deaf and one (1) hearing rater. Raters compare performance standard for cued language transliteration with the actual performance modeled by the testee. The Written Test is scored by the relevant state agency. Pass/Fail or levels are state-determined and awarded under their authority.

Examination Results

The CLTSLA is administered by state agencies. The state sends performance assessment videotapes to the TECUnit for rating. The TECUnit provides a diagnostic report consisting of a basic analysis of expressive cueing proficiency and transliteration skills. The testee receives results from the state agency. The examination result format is determined by the relevant state agency and, thus, might vary from state to state.


Please contact the TECUnit for more information on the CLTSLA for your state.