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Common Core Early Language Screener

Published September 5, 2012 9:55 AM by Jeremy Legaspi


The CCELS is a screening tool similar to other early language screeners on the market, but priced much lower at $29.99. It's based on the Common Core Standards that are now making their way into the school systems (Is your school using them yet?).

I am not an SLP in the schools so I am not totally up to speed on everything common core. That being said language is language, common core or not. The CCELS is specifically designed to be used with children who are Pre-k and in kindergarten; however, it may also be useful for children above the kindergarten grade level. This is not a normed testing measure so if your school requires norm referenced materials, you are out of luck. It does appear to support common core standards quite nicely, so perhaps you can use that to convince your favorite administrator to purchase it.

The following subtests are included on the CCELS:

Pre-Kindergarten Level:
13 subtests: basic personal questions, labeling, colors, shapes, counting, counting-label, alphabet, alphabet-label, actions, prepositions, repeating-sentences, repeating-numbers, following directions-one-step

Beginning Kindergarten Level:
22 subtests: The 13 from the Pre-k level as well as sound/word discrimination, phoneme segmentation, word recognition, rhyming, pronouns, categories, comparative vocabulary, patterns, and answering questions.

Ending Kindergarten Level:
26 subtests: Including the 22 subtests from the previous levels, as well as blending, capitalization, patterns-first/last, expressive language scene.
This app allows you to enter student information (name, DOB, sex, grade, school, and evaluator), which it then puts in a generated report with the results of the screening. The grade level you enter will select which screening you will be administering. The app will save all the screenings you performed and allow you to search by student name, screening date, and completed/incomplete screenings.

Here are some screenshots from the CCELS


Upon completion of the screener, you have the option to generate a report of the results (in TXT or PDF format). This will include a short paragraph, as well as a useful chart of the student's performance on each subtest.


What tools have you found to be helpful to implement the Common Core Standards? Share the name of the app, book, video, whatever the tool you like below. On Sept. 7, we'll randomly pick a comment, and the SLP will get the Common Core Early Language Screener App for FREE! 


I would love to try this as a screening tool with our incoming kindergarten class!

Kara Neer, Public School - Speech Path June 19, 2013 11:11 AM
Sidney NY

I think this looks fantastic and very useful in the school settings!

Natalie , SLP - Mrs. Lewis, Promontory Charter School April 25, 2013 1:01 PM
Perry UT

Last week we took a look at Common Core Language Assessment by Smarty Ears Apps. So staying with the

September 12, 2012 12:09 PM

Congrats to the Winner!

Patricia, SLP

Staten Island NY

Jeremy Legaspi September 11, 2012 1:39 AM

Have you picked a winner yet?

Jill DeLuca September 8, 2012 11:56 PM

It is September 8th. BOO!

ellen, speech/language/comm - slp, self-employed September 8, 2012 10:36 PM
Cheltenham PA

This sounds like a great tool. Would love to try it

Alison Gimberlein, Speech - Slp, School September 7, 2012 4:24 PM
Babylon NY

Excited for the possibilities with this one. Have minimal pairs academy and articulate it and both promising but SUPER buggy. Once problems are fixed will have great potential.

Amy, Peds - Slp, PP September 7, 2012 6:13 AM
Windermere FL

I agree that there is way too much emphasis on testing.  But that is the current reality we face in education.  My frustration is that I have been told to do language interventions.  Since interventions come before testing, how do I know what specific areas to target?  Not many tools out there yet for this.  This language screener looks promising!

Judy, K-2 grades - Speech Therapist, North Kansas City School District September 6, 2012 7:59 PM
Kansas City MO

I think this could be a useful tool to assist SLP's determining students specific skill acquisition to provide insight about where specific needs are.

COlleen, Speech pathology - Slp, Schools September 6, 2012 7:31 PM
Nashville TN

Is anyone concerned about the explosion of testing and assessments of our children?  Esp very young students.  Teachers have assessed students for generations w/o using tests or computer based programs.  

Chris September 6, 2012 6:04 AM

I like being able to access the common core app to link therapy objectives with goals for the session. I also like Talk About It, Sentence Builder, and some of the Super Duper apps. It would be great to be able to utilize a screening for the younger students and track their progress!

Jill DeLuca, , Speech pathologist School September 6, 2012 12:24 AM
Hauppauge NY

I like Language Adventures, Sentence Builder, and various phonics apps.  I also like using the camera to document student progress.

Judy, SLP September 5, 2012 10:58 PM
Kansas City MO

Vast autism app is a great support to therapy.

Cheri, Education - SLP, Public School September 5, 2012 10:19 PM
Green Bay WI

Splingo is a great one too! I am also going to get some of the Buddy Bear apps soon!

Michele September 5, 2012 9:59 PM

I use the Common Core app for my IPAD so I can match a materials I already own to new requirements for students

Anita, speech language pathology - M.S., CCC/SLP, Plew elem. school September 5, 2012 9:23 PM
Niceville FL

I love fun with directions and the kids really enjoy it as well..

Stacey Dittrich, SLP September 5, 2012 9:07 PM
Watsonville CA

I love Sunny Artic-  it is a great way to do assessments without having to go far from classrooms

Debbie Watts, SLP September 5, 2012 8:44 PM
Irving TX

I like sentence builder too. The kids enjoy it also.

Stephanie Holl, SLP September 5, 2012 8:36 PM
Cypress CA

I like the Sentence Builder App and SPARC for Concrpts.

Chelsea, Slp September 5, 2012 8:32 PM

I like Categories Learning Center, Adjective Remix, Wh- Fun Decks, Speech with Milo, Preposition Builder, Auditory Workout, Fun with Directions, and so much more. It would be great to have an all in one language screener to quickly determine strengths and weaknesses of a child!

Meryl September 5, 2012 8:27 PM

I like the Sentence Builder app

Patricia, SLP September 5, 2012 8:26 PM
Staten Island NY

I like the Sentence Builder application.  

Angela, pediatric - speech therapist, Milestones Therapuetic Services September 5, 2012 5:39 PM
Playa Del Rey CA

I like the Rainbow Sentences app.

Carrie Walls, SLP September 5, 2012 5:14 PM

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