|From the CEEE and
the Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
Quick Language Assessment Inventory
||Quick Language Assessment Inventory|
||4 Language Skills|
Identification; Language Dominance; Placement
A precursor to the home language survey, the Quick Language Assessment Inventory can be used to establish the dominant language of Hispanic students in K-6 with reference to identification and placement in ESL/bilingual programs. The inventory is administered orally to parents/guardians when they enroll a child in school. Administration time is approximately one minute. Points are tallied based on the student's age, birthplace, first and home language(s), educational experience and the birthplace and educational background of the parents. The total number of points yields breakdown into the categories of "Mainly English Speaker", "Transitional English Speaker", "Beginning English Speaker", and "Mainly Spanish Speaker". The inventory is said to be 100% reliable since it is based on objective data gathered from the parent. Validity is claimed based on multiple regression correlations using language in the classroom as a dependent variable and socio-cultural information as the independent variable (correlation coefficient is .89). Validity data are based on a study of 1,855 elementary school students in southern California.