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
The 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
Examine 19 items in 5 critical categories to get a full picture of classroom literacy supports. Specific descriptors for each rating help you choose the most accurate rating
Supplement your observation with the brief Teacher Interview, which gives you 7 critical questions to ask K–3 educators
Rate each ELLCO item and tally up the totals using the easy 1-page score form
Use scores to track progress over time and identify particular areas of strengths and weaknesses to target professional development areas
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.