Back to School, Back to School, to prove to my Dad that I’m not a fool. I’ve got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight….. In the immortal words of Billy Madison. It’s back to school time! If you’re looking for assessment apps, this is the time to make your Smarty Ears app purchases. All their assessment apps are currently on sale until August 19th. One of those apps on sale is the Basic Concepts Skills Screener. The Basic Concepts Skills Screener was developed as a screening tool for preschool to primary aged students. Start on the home page. On the left side, you can add and edit students. Click New Test to start a new assessment. Select the full screening or the quick screening. The quick screening (30 probes) should take 5 minutes while the full screening (79 probes) should take about 15 minutes. As the student sees each screen, the student selects an answer. The app will make a confirmation ‘ding’ when an answer is selected (even if the answer is wrong). The student selects the ‘next’ button to move on to the next stimulus probe. You’ll also notice the number of the probe in the bottom left corner. When finished, you will be able to note the date of the test and the raw score. Each of these 3 images describe the results. You can export these results or import them into the Therapy Report Center (a free Smarty Ears App). Pros: This app is great for a baseline screener. I love it for great monitoring tool. The images are clear and the app is intuitive. The simple design is very appropriate and the length of the assessments expected. All the concepts covered are age appropriate from early preschool to early elementary aged students. Cons: No criterion scores are included in the assessment. While we can describe the screening results there are standardized scores. The included age range percentages don’t have listed skills. For example, the report above said Jenna could identify 62% of the skills expected by age 4, but I wasn’t able to find those expected skills by age. I’m sure if I show teachers or parents these awesome graphs and information, they’re going to ask for that list! In the future updates, I’d LOVE to be able to control which items are included on the shorter screener. Check out the full video tutorial: Head over to itunes to purchase the BCSS, now priced at $9.99 on sale from $19.99. If you’re feeling lucky enter below on the rafflecopter to win a copy of the BCSS for yourself! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Jen K says
I’ve used the WABC in the past, but this app would be a great addition!
I assess basic concepts either on the CELF-Preschool, PLS screener (which often has only 3 questions) or if it’s an area that I believe is difficult, I’ll use some cards that I had printed and laminated from a speech website years ago.
This would be so quick and easy to use!
I assess basic concepts through several ‘informal’ tasks — since I work with kids with multiple disabilities, typical assessments are often not very helpful.
I use ABLLS
Jillian Hemming says
I use the CELF-4 basic concepts but it’s not really a screener. I also have informal checklists that I use.
Informal assessment, PLS 5.
Sheri Berberian says
I use informal assessments and the Fluharty-2.
PLS-5 Screener, BDI-2 Screener, or informal probes
Always looking for better ways to assess!
I use the WABC and CELF-Preschool, but I would love a quick screening app.
I use informal assessments, preschool checklists, collaboration with educational consultants. This app would be a great addition!
Ms. Jocelyn says
I use the Fluharty to assess basic concepts. This app would be a great addition.
I use fluharty with my young students. I’d love to have this app to assess concepts for carryover.
Marya A says
I use informal assessments. This would be a wonderful tool.
I use the CELF and some informal assessments that I have made.
Emily Weiss says
I have a borrowed copy of the WABC so this would be an awesome addition.
Amanda M says
I just recently tried the Boehm-3 and really liked it. In the past I’ve used the CELF
I use the PLS or assess during play activities. Reshella firstname.lastname@example.org
I use WABC. Would love to have one on the iPad!
Looks really useful.
Your suggestions for improvement are spot on! It would make this great app a terrific one!
Sheila Giser says
I use the CELF or CELF-P, the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts, and sometimes informal assessments using manipulatives. This app seems like a motivating way to assess skills and/or mark progress throughout intervention!
I use CASL and CELF-P subtests
Looks like a great monitoring tool For assessments , I use the BOEH plus other formal lie the Celf or CASL
This would be a great addition to my practice.
Christie E says
I use informal assessments and review the teachers’ Brigance results.
Melanie Galloway says
This looks like a great tool for informal progress monitoring!
Melanie Galloway says
I use PLS-5 screener, checklists, and probes.
I assess basic concepts using the Bohem
Jen Anshutz says
Thank you for introducing me to BlogLovin! I was just looking for a website and app like that!
I usually use Bracken or Boehm. This would be a great tool!
I use informal assessments usually but have not been satisfied. Really look forward to this app.
Heather Marchuck says
This app looks great. I often create my own materials to assess targeted concepts. This would be a wonderful addition to my “toolbox.”
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Shannon Giles says
I usually use the WABC.
I always appreciate your thorough reviews!
Food for Thought Linds says
BOEHM and CELF
Shannon SLP says
I usually use the W-ABC to assess basic concepts.
Shannon Cole says
Informal and Boehm
Sounds like something my clinic could make good use of!
I use the CELF or the PLS. I’ll also use informal assessment through play activities.
Sherri Fults says
I use the WABC, but would love to have this app so I don’t have to tote the WABC from school to school!
I typically do informal assessments for basic concepts, but I also use the CASL or CELF-P subtexts when assessing younger kids. I’d love to have a more structured screener!
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