It feels like we should buy a second home in Sacramento, since we’re there so much. For the third time in as many months, we’re heading over the Sierra Crest Friday to go down to the valley. This time it’s because Viola is taking an EIPA test (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment). That’s an assessment test that will rate how good she is at sign language. The test administrator leads her through a series of exercises designed to test every facet of her signing ability. It takes about two hours. The whole session is videotaped, and then it’s scrutinized by a panel of three expert signers, who rate her on a scale from 1 to 4. She should do pretty well, since signing for deaf children is something she does day in and day out, but she’s suffering from a lack of confidence. So I’ll have all day tomorrow to build her up for the test, which is bright and early Saturday morning. The test is in Loomis, California, over two hours away from our house. So we’re making a weekend out of it, visiting friends, staying the night, and heading to Old Sacramento to ride the train.
If she scores high enough on this test, it could lead to certification and a raise in pay for her. Plus it will end the vague threats the State keeps sending down that all interpreters who aren’t officially certified won’t be able to work in the school district anymore, something we’ve been hearing for years now. Of course, none of the interpreters in Douglas County or Carson City are certified yet, so I don’t think they’ll actually go through with the threat.
Anyway, we’re off to our home away from home, Sacramento!
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