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IDEAL LogoHouse Enrolled Act 1484 - Indiana Deaf Education and Assessments of Language (IDEAL), which was approved and signed by the governor on May 5, 2019, tasked the Center with a number of duties. A list of approved tools and assessments to use for language progress monitoring and a parent document was made available July 1, 2020. The purpose of the law was to encourage closer monitoring of the language skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to improve outcomes for these students.

HEA 1484 includes children with a diagnosed hearing loss:

  • Through age 10; and
  • Who have an  IEP, ISP, 504, or no services

The parent document was specifically designed for parents to find information and resources that assist with supporting the language development of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Topics include:

  • General Language
  • Supports for Language Acquisition
  • Laws and Policies for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Milestones for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing ages 0-11 years

View the Parent Documents:

Tools and Assessments

IDEAL List of Tools and Assessments

View tools and assessments for language progress monitoring that was developed by the IDEAL Advisory Committee and Center staff. A PDF document with the names of the tools, covered ages and a brief description is included, as well as a link to the test. Center staff can be contacted to assist with understanding which tool may be most appropriate for a child.

Reporting Portal

Use the Assessment Reporting Portal to input scores and data from the administered progress monitoring tools.

Assessment Reporting Portal
TEMPLATE- school parent letter & consent

Technical Assistance

For technical assistance, view the resources below or contact us at

IDEAL ASL & English Milestones Checklist



Extraordinarily Committed to Enrichment in Language & Literacy (EXCEL2)

Annual Reports