In 2011, Washington’s Governor signed House Bill 1144 which requires that all educational interpreters pass certain standards by 2016. Those standards include passage of the written portion of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) exam, and passage of the EIPA performance exam, with a score of 3.5 or above or passage of the written EIPA exam, and a national certification from either the NIC or RID, i.e. NIC, CI, CT. The EIPA is administered by Boy’s Town in Nebraska, more information is available at classroominterreting.org. In order to ensure compliance with House Bill 1144, our certified interpreter is able to facilitate evaluations of your school district’s interpreters when their direct supervisors do not sign. The evaluations can be in American Sign Language (ASL), Signing Exact English (SEE), or Contact sign. Evaluations can also be conducted to support the district’s interview process, assess interpreters’ skill level (ASL or SEE), and contribute to an annual evaluation by reviewing skill level and professional development goals. Our interpreter works with your district or program to assist with optimizing use of the educational interpreter in their particular setting and facilitate discussion with interpreters and school staff regarding the role of the interpreter. Our interpreter can also assist with job description development for districts who need interpreter support and interview support for potential candidates to ensure quality. EIPA interpreter mentorship is also available (go to District Services).