An interview with the Super Author/Creator:
Reporter: Good evening Miss Super Woman. I have a copy of your brand new “Language Informal Assessment” and I’d love to ask you a few questions. May I?
Super Woman: Sure. Ask away.
Reporter: I’m wondering why you created this product and how it will help you within your speech setting?
Super Woman: Well… all of my evaluations must contain a “Speech Sample” for eligibility purposes. I’ve been using a mismatch of probes from some of my favorite SLP creators and some of my own. When I am especially lazy, I tend to make things up on the fly. But I’ve really, really wanted something that was consistent between students so I could get a better comparison on the same speech samples.
Reporter: And how is this product appropriate for almost all of your students? K-5th is quite a range in language abilities.
Super Woman: Like my Homework products and Language for a Year products, these assessments are leveled depending on the student’s language abilities. Most of my students are functioning at the low end of their grade appropriate level or 1-2 levels behind. So, based on that, even most middle school students could use these informal assessments.
Reporter: You are using the plural form when referring to these “Assessments”. Why is that?
Super Woman: Well, there are 3 levels of assessments. And for people who would like pre/post data or to test 2 students at the same time, there are 2 different assessments per level. So there are actually 6 assessments total!
Reporter: Are the skills tested related to the common core?
Super Woman: Yep! Each assessed skill is clearly labeled for the Speaking & Listening or Language CCSS standard to which it corresponds. These are perfect for writing goals aligned with the common core!
Super Woman: I have to admit that is because when I am running around school, I usually forget to make copies of things. Which means that I grab a student for testing and have nothing copied for him/her. I made these assessment data sheets fill-able so that you can transcribe the student’s answers and score the answers directly on the computer as you go. Then the final page will auto-populate the summary data. It’s a great addition for IEPs and evaluation reports!
Super Woman: [blushes]
Reporter: Do you have any other products similar to this?
Super Woman: Yes! I love my Social Language Informal Assessment, which looks at social pragmatic skills, contains 2 levels, and also has a fill-able data sheet.
Reporter: Any final words?
Super Woman: You can purchase the Language Informal Assessment here. I hope you find these Informal Assessment tools as SUPER as I do!