Oral language is a critical predictor of later reading success. Often it is difficult to get young children to participate in paper pencil or one-sided tests. With this app, it has beautiful pictures and will have children eagerly engaged in the tasks, providing more reliable information for evaluation purposes. A report is generated and can be shared as text or pdf files, allowing for easy sharing or insertion into bigger evaluation reports. The test progresses from the easiest questions of the child's name and age to answering questions about a story. There are sections on the alphabet, shapes, numbers, phoneme segmentation, patterning and following directions. Enough different areas are tested to give an evaluator a good idea of a child's strengths and weaknesses. The late kindergarten screening allows for 26 different sub-tests. The report can be printed or emailed and there is a search feature for evaluators that may do many students.
This app is recommended for preschool to the end of kindergarten. This also can be used as a progress monitoring tool for IEP goals, as it allows for showing progress over time. There is a video tutorial to instruct the correct way to consistently give the screener, as well as a nine-page manual. Find this app for $34.99 and save paper!
About the Author
Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.