Using a language benchmark assessment for universal screening of language is crucial in ensuring that all children are on the right path for academic success. The KLBA can be administered in 3-4 minutes by any trained school personnel, and allows schools to monitor language growth.

The KLBA assesses four areas correlated to future reading success and academic skills:

Auditory Comprehension:

Students' ability to ask and answer questions follows a developmental sequence. Current research also suggests that listening comprehension can be used to predict 5th grade reading comprehension. Using short stories, the KLBA assesses students' ability to listen and respond appropriately to teacher questions.

Following Directions:

The ability to listen and follow directions is an important life skill. The KLBA assesses students' ability to follow age appropriate one and two step directions.


Vocabulary development is dependent on students' ability to classify items by categories. The KLBA asks students to receptively identify items that are simliar, and then to provide an expressive rationale for their choice. Research indicates that expressive categorization can help differentiate students with disordered language development from their typically developing peers.

Narrative Language:

Narrative language is a window into students' comprehension and language abilities. It is also one of the most authentic ways to collect a language sample. The KLBA asks students to tell a story in order to assess their use of key story elements.