Educational Interpreter Information and Resources

This page provides information on the DPI licensing requirements, schedules for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), tools developed to support effective practices, and more.

Information Update Bulletin 99.04, Role of Educational Interpreters
This bulletin was created in 1999 in a Q and A format. The information still addresses many of the questions that come to DPI on the role of Educational Interpreters.
List of Wisconsin and neighboring interpreter preparation programs
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), September 2001
Educational Interpreter Model Job Performance Rubric
Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and Educational Interpreters co-created a document that may be used by school principals or other education administrators when conducting a job performance evaluation for educational interpreters on staff. This rubric addresses employee competencies unique to their work without addressing actual interpreting skill. It is available site for districts or schools to use or modify as appropriate to meet their needs.
License Renewal Requirements - Educational Interpreters
In order to renew their license, all educational interpreters are required to take and "pass" a national test of their interpreting skills as part of their 6 credits or PDP. The test used in Wisconsin is the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), and it counts as one credit toward license renewal.

The EIPA is a standardized, valid and reliable assessment of interpreting skill that is used in more than 28 states to measure interpreting competency specific to working with children in our schools in grades K-12. It is owned and managed by Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. It is scored from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The "passing score" in Wisconsin is 3.0 or better. Each year, DPI staff proctor the EIPA at CESA’s throughout alternating between even-numbered CESA’s one year and odd-numbered CESA’s the next. To avoid conflicts with work time, the EIPA is given on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The EIPA schedule is completed during the summer months and sent out via email and on this website by September each year. Check here for the current school year schedule: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_hi-eipa.

For more information about the EIPA, go to: www.classroominterpreting.org.

Student Need for an Interpreter - A Guided IEP Team Discussion regarding the need of a student who is deaf or hard of hearing to use or continue to use Interpreter Services
For some students who are deaf or hard of hearing, the IEP team may struggle with the question about the student’s need for an educational interpreter and if, the student needs an interpreter, what type of interpretation is to be done. A group of stakeholders created a worksheet designed to assist the IEP team discussion. In addition to the overview, there is a one-page set of statements separated by grade groupings: Early Childhood / Preschool, Early Elementary Setting, Upper Elementary Setting, Middle School, and High School.

The intention for use of this document is only when there are people on the IEP team who are not sure of the students’ need for interpreter services. It is not required and is not intended for use when it is clear that the student needs interpreter services in order to access their educational day.