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Emerging Literacy & Language Assessment®

by Elisabeth Wiig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Wayne Secord, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Ages 4;6-9;11

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  • Ages: 4;6-9;11
  • Administration: Individual, ages 4;6 – 5;5 (all 3 sections) 30-45 minutes, and ages 5;6 – 9;11 (all 3 sections) approximately 60 minutes.
  • Norm- and criterion-referenced; includes standard scores, confidence intervals, percentile ranks, means, and age equivalents.
  • ELLA Complete Kit:Two Stimulus Easel Books, One Examiner's Manual, 50 Record Forms, three durable Storybooks,Trial Item Stimulus Card, Pronunciation Guide CD-ROM, stopwatch, clipboard with calculator, and a colorful, rolling tote bag. (2006)
  • Qualification Level: A
The Emerging Literacy & Language Assessment (ELLA), evaluates the skills children ages 4;6 to 9;11 need to become proficient readers. The ELLA meets Early Reading First requirements for educators needing to use evidence-based diagnostic tools to identify children at risk for reading failure. The manual includes a Curriculum and Classroom Connection for each of the 22 subtests and case studies to help you establish treatment and IEP goals.
Individual administration for ages 4;6 – 5;5 (all three sections) takes approximately 30-45 minutes, and for ages 5;6 – 9;11 (all three sections) takes approximately 60 minutes. The ELLA is norm- and criterion-referenced. It includes standard scores, confidence intervals, percentile ranks, means, and age equivalents.
Section 1 – Phonological Awareness and Flexibility assesses rhyming (awareness and production), initial sound identification, blending and segmenting sounds, words, and syllables, and deleting and substituting sounds in the initial and final positions of words.
Section 2 – Sign and Symbol Recognition and Interpretation assesses environmental symbol identification, letter-symbol identification, word reference association, and reading comprehension for one to three sentences.
Section 3 – Memory, Retrieval, and Automaticity assesses rapid naming, word associations (name items that start with the "S" sound), and story retell (includes three story levels based on the child’s age).
Why Test With the ELLA?
  • Meets Early Reading First and Reading First requirements to use evidence-based diagnostic tools.
  • Section One of the ELLA is a comprehensive phonological awareness assessment.
  • ELLA is the only test of emerging literacy and language with a Story Retell Section!
  • It's simple to administer and score.
  • Start ages and ceilings reduce testing time and frustration. Administer one, two, or all sections of the ELLA.
Who May Administer the ELLA?
Speech-language pathologists, special educators, resource specialists, reading specialists, school psychologists, and other professionals who are knowledgeable about literacy and language should administer the ELLA. We recommend that test administrators be experienced in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized assessments.
Valid and Reliable
The ELLA is a valid and reliable instrument. The standardization sample included over 1200 children ages 4;6 — 9;11 from 40 states in the U.S. The standardization sample closely resembles the U.S. Census Bureau’s data (Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2003). The sample included children with identified language and learning disorders, as well as children receiving remediation in reading.
Obtaining Scores
Examiners can choose which sections of the ELLA to administer, depending upon the child’s area(s) of difficulty. ELLA allows examiners to obtain standard scores, confidence intervals, percentile ranks, means, and age equivalents.
ELLA Complete Kit
  • 2 Stimulus Easel Books
  • Examiner's Manual
  • 50 Record Forms
  • 3 durable Storybooks and a Trial Item Stimulus Card
  • Pronunciation Guide CD-ROM
  • Stopwatch & clipboard with calculator
  • Colorful, rolling tote bag
ELLA11 -  ELLA® Complete Kit $424.00 
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