• Established in 1999, the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Diagnostic Center is the only program of its kind in the world. The program focuses on supporting the unique skills required for sign interpretation in the educational setting.

    Using the EIPA, skilled Deaf and hearing raters provide diagnostic services for individual interpreters, states, educational settings and school districts. The Center’s purpose is to:

    • Evaluate the skills and knowledge of interpreters working in K-12 educational settings
    • Provide information to local, state and federal agencies regarding interpreting practices
    • Provide training to interpreters to assist them in skill and knowledge enhancement
    • Provide screenings to assist administrators in making interpreter hiring decisions

    For more information visit the Boys Town National Research Hospital website.

    ***Please note - Interpreters must have a score of at least 4.0 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and meet the RID requirements for certified membership to be eligible to provide interpreting services in Texas schools. 

    Classroom Interpreting Website

    This site is designed to help education teams in K-12 settings support students who use educational interpreters. Valuable information about guidelines for working with interpreters and resources can be found at www.classroominterpreting.org.

    Professional Guidelines

    The EIPA Guidelines for Professional Conduct addresses concepts regarding professional practice of interpreting in an educational setting. Important information about learning in an interpreted education from the perspective of administrators, teachers, interpreters, parents and students, can be found at www.classroominterpreting.org.