The Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment (KLBA) measures four areas highly correlated with future reading comprehension success: auditory comprehension, following directions, categories (receptive and expressive), and narrative language. The KLBA takes 4- 5 minutes to administer. It´s meant to be used 3x per year in order to create local norms and guide the Response to Intervention process for language.
What are SLPs saying about the tool?
“To confirm (KLBA) reliability I also used it with children with known language impairment on my caseload, to determine how sensitive it was to detecting already existing language impairments.The KLBA had indeed proven to be a reliable screening tool with the children I had tested.“ Tatyana Elleseff from Smart Speech Therapy, LLC
“Overall, I would definitely recommend (the KLBA) to SLPs using the RtI model for Language and who are interested in school-wide and/or district-wide Kindergarten screenings that can be used for progress monitoring as well.“ Danielle from Sublime Speech
"I have really found it(KLBA) to give me useful data about the students on my caseload this year. It gave me a baseline of basic language skills of these new students and I have a tool to use to measure growth through the year. It also helped me out with creating quality, measurable goals for a new kindergarten student at the very start of the school year when his IEP was due and I had very little information to go on." Jenn Alcorn from Crazy Speech World
If your school is looking for a language RTI assessment tool, the KLBA is your solution.
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