Saturday, April 21, 2012

Common Core Teacher Rating Scales for your Language Evaluations

Let me start by saying that I work with a fabulous bright group of SLPs in the Chapel Hill--Carrboro City Schools.  At least once a month we get together from across the school district and do so many necessary tasks:
  • case studies
  • discuss Medicaid rules and guidelines
  • peer review for student evaluations
  • talk about business (lots of this!)
  • problem-solve (yes, we do encounter problems)
  • attend continuing education
  • exchange information
  • celebrate weddings, retirements, babies
I feel so fortunate to be on such a team which is led by lead SLP, Beth Burns.   Each year, she thinks of a few vital group projects for all of us to work on.  One year, it was to develop a systematic way to implement RtI.  Another year, it was to develop a system for a consistent peer review process to determine whether children who have been evaluated met North Carolina eligibility guidelines for speech/language services.

This year, our group project has been to develop teacher checklists that are aligned with the new Common Core.  These checklists are to be completed as part of a child's speech/language evaluation.

Why do we require teacher checklists in our school system?

       For a child to receive speech services in a school setting, there must be evidence of impact of the communication impairment in the classroom setting.  As part of an evaluation, I usually observe a child, and gather work samples, but as a group, we require teachers to fill out a checklist rating educational impact of the speech or language problems for each child undergoing an evaluation. With the new Common Core curriculum being implemented next year, we felt the checklists needed an overhaul for better alignment.  It was a collaborative project and I can't take credit for much, if any.  The resulting checklists looked great, though, and I can't wait to start using them.  So far, we have developed language checklists for grades K-1, and for grades 2-3.  The other grades are coming soon!   I also have links to our pragmatic checklists.  With all of these, there were a couple of minor formatting glitches after uploading to Google, mainly in the column headings--no big deal, in my opinion.

No need for you all to reinvent the wheel.  Our lead, Beth Burns, gave the go ahead to share.  Use with your kids in the evaluation process; but if you want to show the checklists in a conference or someplace where there is an audience, please give a shout out to the Chapel Hill--Carrboro speech pathologists! I'm humbled by my co-workers!
  When more checklists become available, I'll post them.

Click here for Teacher Checklist for Language k-1

Click here for Teacher Checklist for Language 2-3

Click here for Teacher Checklist for Language 4-12 (This was just added!)

Click here for Teacher Checklist for Pragmatic Language k-3

Click here for Teacher Checklist for Pragmatic Language 4-12


  1. Yes! This was going to be a summer project for me. Now I can work on something else. Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you! I look forward to seeing the language checklists for the older grades 3-6!!

  3. Ruth, these are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Thank you for sharing these!!! Your hard work is truely appreciated!!!


  5. thank you. Chapel Hill looks like a wonderful place to work.

  6. Thank you so much! I tried these rating scales with a couple of teachers. Both teachers said they really helped to define communication behaviors to look for in the classroom. I will be making this a part of my IEP prep packet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Just curious, what do you mean by IEP prep packet??

  7. This is SO awesome! Thank you for sharing!!!

  8. Thank you for sharing this!

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  9. This is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing. I've used it a few times in my district and it is nice to have a checklist with the same language as Common Core standards.

    1. Thank you for your nice comment. It's nice to know that others find them useful.

  10. So nice of you to share your hard work!
    Exactly what I needed.

  11. Love these, and noticed that they are google documents. Would you consider 'sharing' them,and if so, I can send you the email address

    1. sure--you can request that through the Google doc, and it automatically sends a request to me to allow sharing.

  12. Awesome checklist. The only thing that would make it better would be if the CCS number was next to the items in parenthesis so that we wouldn't have to look up the standard that is relates too. :)