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Using Developmental Science to Create a Computerized Preschool Language Assessment

The purpose of this $2.8 million 4-year project is to develop a reliable, valid, norm-ready, research-driven, and culturally sensitive computer-based language assessment for children 3- to 5-years-old that can be administered in 20 minutes. The preschool language assessment tool is intended to be an easily administered, automatically scored tool, appropriate for teachers, paraprofessionals, and professionals. The tool will have the capacity to quickly and automatically derive individual and group language profiles in two areas of competency: vocabulary & word learning strategies, and grammar and the use of syntax in comprehension.

Roberta Golinkoff is working with colleagues from Smith CollegeTemple University and Laureate Learning on this research project.