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Are you doing all you can to boost your students’ reading outcomes?

Use ELLCO K–3 to assess your school’s literacy supports and practices


ELLCO logoThe Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) tool helps build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of the classroom environment and teachers’ practices. With ELLCO, educators gather the essential data needed for professional development and program improvement that lead to better literacy outcomes for young children.

ELLCO K–3 is designed specifically for early elementary settings, focusing on what research identifies as key components of reading, writing, and effective instruction. ELLCO K–3 helps schools

  • establish a scientifically based reading program for students
  • support the 5 main components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • strengthen the quality of teaching practices in positive, supportive ways

Use ELLCO Pre-K to assess literacy practices and supports in preschool settings and CHELLO to rate the early literacy environment in home-based child care settings.











At a glance

What is it?

An observational tool that examines the quality of language and literacy practices and materials in K–3 classrooms.

Which areas does it examine?

Classroom structure, curriculum, language environment, books and reading, and print and writing.

Who completes it?

Researchers, supervisors, program directors, principals, administrators and/or teachers.

What are its components?

The tool (classroom observation and teacher interview) and user’s guide.

How long does it take to complete?

Approximately 1–1½ hours.

Is it reliable?

Yes. The ELLCO Research Edition was used for research purposes in more than 150 preschool classrooms; the reliability was 90% or better.