With the beginning of every new school year comes the beginning of screening season. Requests from teachers and parents to have their child’s speech and language abilities quickly assessed come pouring in, or at least that can be how it feels. One of the most common areas I get requests for is listening comprehension. This request typically stems from the following complaints:
– Difficulty answering questions from text or
– Difficulty understanding new vocabulary introduced from text
– Unable to create inferences
– Difficulty predicting
– Unable to summarize information
Yes, difficulty following directions is often included in this list but I tend to look at following directions as a receptive language issue.
So as my requests came in, I realized I didn’t have any listening comprehension screenings available that would be applicable with the new Common Core. So to remedy this frustrating situation I made my own. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent on these. They have been tweaked, revised, updated, and altered. Phew. They have been reviewed by grade level teachers, reading specialists, and other SLPs. I had to make sure that were complex enough, but not to difficult, for the ‘average’ student in each grade level to be able to complete successfully.
So here you go, my finished product! Keep in mind, these are not normed or standardized. They were created to be able to give you a snapshot of a student’s listening comprehension skills as they are aligned with the Common Core expectations and standards of their grade level.
There are screenings for Kindergarten thru 5th grade.
Each screening as a story for students to listen to and a series of corresponding questions. Next to each question is the standard that it is aligned with.
Each question is assigned a point valued based on the difficulty and demand of the task. Information and directions are included, as well as, a scoring example for reference.
Hopefully these help you gain some insight on your student’s listening ability.
Now how about a chance to win a set! I will choose 3 winners on Wednesday, Good Luck! If you don’t want to wait you can add this to your speech room by clicking HERE.