Do you have students who struggle to follow simple classroom instructions? Students who struggle with basic math and writing? They may have a weak understanding of basic concepts!
The Basic Concepts Assessment is designed to be administered by an SLP or teacher with children struggling with receptive comprehension of 52 basic concepts frequently used in K-2nd grade classrooms. There are two sets of directions provided depending on if you want the child to circle his/her answer or to point to respond. My preference is to have students circle their answer with dry erase markers so that I have time to look over the responses after the assessment if necessary.
Concept categories have also been included to help pin-point concept areas that are especially weak for the student. For example: A student may have no marked difficulty with spatial concepts but struggles to comprehend many quantitative concepts used in this assessment. If you discover a specific concept category that a student struggles with, I have included a page listing additional concepts from each category including concepts which were not used in this assessment.
The results of this assessment can help identify specific concepts or
concept categories to target in therapy or RTI or as helpful data to
use when a special education referral is made.
Table of Contents:
Administration Instructions and Set Up – Page 3
Verbal Pointing Directions – Pages 4-5
Verbal Circling Directions – Pages 6-7
Student Data Record Sheets – Pages 8-10
Printable Assessment Pages – Pages 11-23
Answer Sheet Pages – Pages 24-27
Example Data Sheets and Disclaimer – Page 28
Additional Concepts – Page 29
Disclaimer: This informal assessment is intended to provide a starting point for therapy treatment goals or RTI. It is NOT a standardized assessment, and poor performance on this assessment does not qualify a student for special education services. Please consult your school’s speech-language pathologist if your student has done poorly on this basic concept assessment, and you would like guidance on language RTI strategies.
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