Early Language Screener

The Common Core Early Language Screener was developed by speech-language pathologists in order to evaluate and describe the early language skills of children.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were designed to help students transfer learning from one context to another, and to help students gain success in the global marketplace (Power-deFur, 2015). Using CCSS to identify weaknesses in early language skills is critical for ensuring academic success.
Common Core Early Language Screener

CCELS is based on CCSS and includes a narrative report. It is a wonderful tool for progress monitoring the various “I Can” statements required by CCSS.

Children who struggle with language often lack the skills necessary for complex learning. Because language is an integral part of instruction, these children often fall behind those who have mastered the necessary skills (Ellis, Schlaudecker & Regimbal, 1995). Unfortunately, this often results in the “Mathew Effect” as described by Stanovich (1986) and Walberg & Tsai (1983). In this situation, the child who is already struggling falls farther behind while the child who has mastered the skills continues to make progress. Early recognition and remediation of a child’s struggle with language may reduce the negative educational impact. Our basic concepts skills screener app and common core early language screener are the key identifier in this regards.
Common Core Early Language Screener (CCELS) is a quick screening tool created to help assess the language skills in children from preschool age to first grade. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, CCELS uses technology to engage clients while assessing their language skills based on CCSS.
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Concepts Targeted:

The Common Core State Standards assessed by the app are separated into three levels: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade. The standards assessed in each area are dependent on the “grade” level selected when setting a student up for the screening.

Common core state standards

Preschool Concepts

Pre-Kindergarten Level: This level contains 14 subtests with basic skills such as personal questions (name, age, gender), labeling, colors, shapes, counting, alphabet, etc.

Kindergarten Concepts

Kindergarten Level: This level contains 15 subtests including phonemic awareness (segmentation, rhyming), categories, patterns, prepositions, and comparative vocabulary.

1st grade Concepts

First Grade level: This level explores the skills needed for success in reading and language arts, including capitalization, phoneme blending, using digraphs/blends, multiple meaning words, reading sentences, and expressive language.

Screen types:

There are several different types of screens in common core early language screener used during the screening.
This screen provides a descriptor of the task as well as a prompt for the professional to say.
The professional selects the correct “score” by tapping the gray numbered box.
This skill can be “skipped” if the professional does not want to assess it, or deems it too difficult for the student.
A tap on the “next” button brings up the next page of the screener.
common core expressive speech and language
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Each screen contains prompts and instructions

There are guidelines as to what to say for prompts, all pictures and stimuli are present in the app, which is really nice…One thing I absolutely love is that this does seem to follow the Common Core Standards for what children are expected to know for kindergarten language standards

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There are several different types of screens used during the screening.
This screen provides a descriptor of the task as well as a prompt for the professional to say.
The professional selects the correct “score” by tapping the gray numbered box.
This skill can be “skipped” if the professional does not want to assess it, or deems it too difficult for the student.
A tap on the “next” button brings up the next page of the screener.
CCELS blending kidergarten

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What are speech pathologists saying?

"The CCELS is easy to use, the fonts were big and readable, the pictures colorful and easy to process visualThe pictures colorful and easy to process visually, the instructions clear and concise. The Generate Report feature never failed to elicit smiles from our fellow speech-language pathologists each time we showed the app off to them

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“The analyzing of data that this app provides is extremely helpful in determining what comes next for short term goals and what goals have been mastered.

Elizabeth Gretz

SLP

Features:

–  Common Core State Standards aligned
– On screen prompts for the professional
– Tests most basic skills needed for school readiness
– Ability to import to Therapy Report Center for ease of report writing and progress monitoring
– Evaluator and Student screening forms available to be printed
– Video tutorial
– Clear, bright, fun pictures
– The ability to pause and continue screening later without losing data
– Easily review past reports
– Search feature on the reports page
– Provides a report with collected data automatically added to narrative
– Ability to e-mail and/or print test results immediately after its administration

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The Evidence this Resource:

Ellis, L., Schlaudecker, C., & Regimbal, C. (1995), Effectiveness of a collaborative consultation instruction with kinder garten children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 26, 69-74.
Power-deFur, L. (2015). Common core state standards and the speech-language pathologist: Standards-based inter vention for special populations. San Diego, CA. Plural Publishing.
Stanovich, K. E. (1986). Matthew effects in reading: Some consequences of individual differences in the acquisition of literacy. Reading Research Quarterly, 21, 360-407. Retrieved from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u81/Stanovich__1986_.pdf
Walberg, H. J., & Tsai, S. (1983). Matthew effects in education. American Educational Research Journal, 20, 359-373. Retrieved from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u81/Walberg___Tsai__1983_.pdf