Assessment of Story Comprehension Manual

Authors: Trina D. Spencer Ph.D., BCBA-D, Howard Goldstein Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Format: Paperback, 144 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681252377
Price: $35.00

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ASC at-a-glance


Listening comprehension during shared storybook reading is a foundational skill—and an indicator that children are ready for the language demands of kindergarten. With the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC™), pre-K programs finally have a fast, easy way to measure the story comprehension of children ages 3–5, identify children who may need language intervention, monitor progress, and determine when comprehension has meaningfully improved. A quick check that takes just 3 minutes to complete, the ASC is the sensitive, reliable tool that programs need to test the comprehension skills of all young learners and pick up even small improvements as the school year progresses.

Your comprehensive guide to the ASC, this manual includes

  • an introduction to the tool, its development, and its supporting research
  • detailed administration guidelines, including sample schedules for administering the ASC
  • general and item specific scoring guidelines
  • frequently asked scoring questions, including examples of how to score ambiguous responses
  • fidelity checklists and guidance on establishing and maintaining reliability
  • a guide to interpreting scores, including typical score ranges for children ages 3–4 and 4–5
  • two practice sets of materials for use in training examiners

Highly valid and reliable, the ASC is the key to assessing and improving an essential building block of reading success and school readiness. Use it on its own as a fast, efficient check—or in tandem with the other products in the MILLIE™ (Multitiered Interventions for Language & Literacy in Early Childhood) family.

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All products in the Multitiered Interventions for Language & Literacy in Early Childhood (MILLIE) suite


Review by: Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D., Chair, National Early Literacy Panel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Finally, a reliable standardized listening comprehension assessment for use in preschool and kindergarten. Now teachers can not only easily monitor early phonological and alphabet skills, but important language abilities, too. The ASC™ is an essential addition to the classroom prereading screening battery."
Review by: Anne Van Kleeck, Ph.D., Professor and Callier Research Scholar, The University of Texas at Dallas
"The ASC™ is a unique, state-of-the-art, engaging, solidly evidence-based, and psychometrically very well designed assessment tool for regularly monitoring preschoolers' progress in story comprehension—a foundational skill for later reading comprehension—to determine if they need supplemental language intervention."

Table of Contents

Assessment of Story Comprehension Manual Contents

About the Downloads
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC)
  Language and Reading Comprehension
  Purposes of the ASC and Curriculum-Based Measurement
  Technical Adequacy
  Organization of the ASC Manual

Chapter 2: Overview of the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC)
  What Is the ASC?
  ASC Stories
  ASC Questions

Chapter 3: Administering the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC)
  Qualifications and Training of Examiners
  Frequency and Timing of the ASC
  Materials and Setting
  Building Rapport and Managing Behaviors
  Specific Administration Guidelines

Chapter 4: Scoring the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC)
  Terms to Know
  General Rules and Scoring Tips
  Scoring Tips by Item
  Frequently Asked Scoring Questions
  Establishing and Maintaining Scoring Reliability
  Appendix: Extended Scoring Guides

Chapter 5: Using the Results of the Assessment of Story Comprehension (ASC)
  Interpretation of ASC scores
  Special Populations
  Sharing Results
  Linking to Intervention

Appendix A: Basic Scoring Guides
Appendix B: Fidelity Checklists
Appendix C: Practice Sets 1 and 2


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