Journal Article

Cochlear Implanted Pupils in Scottish Schools: 4-Year School Attainment Data (2000–2004)

Ernst Thoutenhoofd

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 11, issue 2, pages 171-188
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online February 2006 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enj029
Cochlear Implanted Pupils in Scottish Schools: 4-Year School Attainment Data (2000–2004)

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The Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland (ADPS) project has been tracking the educational attainment of deaf pupils in Scotland's schools since 2000. At the time of writing, the database contains records for 1,752 deaf pupils (2000–2005). Here 4-year aggregate educational attainment data are reported for a subset of 152 school-aged deaf pupils with cochlear implants notified to the ADPS database between June 2000 and June 2004. The data describe primary and secondary school results in reading, writing, and math for this subgroup, as well as placement and communication characteristics. The educational attainment of the group of deaf pupils with cochlear implants is clearly marked when the deaf pupil population is disaggregated for hearing loss, achieving comparatively higher average attainment in both 5–14 Curriculum National Tests (Mathematics in particular) and Standard Grades. Therefore the gap in performance relative to the national population data is reduced for those deaf pupils, although it still widens at higher levels of achievement for the National Tests. Although most pupils with cochlear implants are placed in the mainstream, there is no pattern of migration toward mainstream schools. Some deaf pupils with cochlear implants moved out of mainstream to other types of placement, and this has implications for health-economic cost-utility assessments of cochlear implantation that favor mainstream education by drawing upon the relative cost of different placement types. These findings suggest that the ADPS program of research can contribute school outcome data as valuable real-life outcome measures in wider assessments of the benefit of cochlear implants to deaf children and deaf young people.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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