Assessment of Story Comprehension Set

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

Format: Multiple formats, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681252384
Price: $65.00

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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 the progress of children receiving intervention
  • 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. It's an essential tool for assessing and monitoring a wide range of young children, including those with language impairments and developmental disabilities, children at risk for early literacy difficulties, and young English language learners (ELLs). Used on its own or in tandem with Story Friends™ and PAth to Literacy, the ASC is the key to assessing and improving an essential building block of reading success and school readiness.

This set includes
  • A package of 10 ASC record forms—six brief tests, each with a teacher script, story, and eight literal and inferential comprehension questions
  • A manual that introduces the tool and its components and provides detailed guidelines on how to administer the ASC, score responses, and use results
  • Downloadable materials, including basic and extended scoring guides, fidelity checklists, and two practice sets of materials to train examiners

All ASC Products

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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