Common Core Language Screener 4+

Early Language

Smarty Ears

Designed for iPad

    • 1.5 • 2 Ratings
    • $24.99

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The Common Core Early Language Screener (CCELS) is a screening tool used to identify weaknesses in early language skills. The CCELS was designed to be used with pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade aged children as it was based on the common core expectations for each grade; however, the screener can be used for other groups if needed.

The Common Core Early Language Screener can be used to:
1. Screen a child’s early language skills
2. Provide additional data for standardized language tests
3. Determine strengths and weaknesses in language development
4. Measure progress of child
5. Provide data for Response to Intervention techniques
6. Screen language skills to determine if additional testing is needed

The Common Core Early Language Screener has features, such as:
1. Ability to watch a video tutorial of how to effectively use the app
2. School and evaluator information only has to be entered one time, then it is automatically added to each new screening and report
3. Ability to enter a student’s name and track progress over time
4. Review past screenings
5. Generate report analyzing performance in each subtest
6. Ability to print evaluator form and/or child form

Skills assessed:
1. Answering basic personal question,
2. Identifying actions
3. Labeling pictures
4. Color Identification
5. Shape identification
6. Counting
7. Number identification
8. Alphabet identification
9. Alphabet labeling
10. Blending syllables & phonemes
11. Phonemes segmentation
12. Word recognition
13. Identification of capitalizations and punctuations
14. Rhyming
15. Pronouns identification
16. Prepositions
17. Categories
18. Comparative vocabulary
19. Pattern identification
20. Repetition of phrases and numbers
21. Following directions
22. Answering questions about short stories
23. Expressive speech and language skills

What’s New

Version 4.0

We have update the app for iOS 12. Enjoy! Thank you all for the great feedbacks we have received.

Ratings and Reviews

1.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Can’t hold a candle ,

Has potential

This app has potential but it’s just missing the mark. I wish it included more early language skills and more visual choices. I’d like to see some of the Kinder skills addressed moved into the pre-k screener. I also think the report could be slightly better. It lists our mastered skills at the end, but I wish it also listed area for growth. For the price, the app should just overall be more polished than it is. I think it can really be a great app with some reworking of the material covered and the way it is presented.

BlairLH ,

Doesn't make use of the power of an IPad

This was not worth the money. It is like putting a paper based screener on the IPad. I had to write the students responses for my notes. The students quickly figured out that the IPad was not responding to them. They didn't even bother to touch the pictures. Why not have the IPad ask them the questions (with a repeat button as needed, for those who need repetition to focus). The kids would love responding with a recorded answer. Why not use the IPad's ability to record responses. Maybe even an occasional animation (for action words perhaps?). And a click sound and occasional encouragement for completing tasks. Lastly, while this does give a basic overview of student performance, there is no depth to any of the tasks. Direction tasks should include more than a simple 2 step action command (touch your head and clap your hands). As an SLP this gives me little to go on. Lastly, it would've been helpful to address a wider age level. I love many of my Smarty Ears apps! But I feel cheated on this one.

In a Kids World ,

Needs more language

I was hoping for more language items overall and less literacy items (such as in the CELF 4 Screener) because I would a screener to determine if a formal language evaluation was needed. (Alphabet, counting, etc...would be more academic and is already covered by beginning of the year classroom teacher testing). I would be looking for more language information when screening.
More items per area would be useful too (possibly 10). Also there is no criterion score comparison to determine how a student did overall when compared to others his/her age.

App Privacy

The developer, Smarty Ears, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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