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A Practical Assessment for All Preschool Students
Developed by researchers at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the Early Learning Scale—or ELS—is an authentic, observation-based performance assessment that provides educators with a practical tool for assessing the progress of students ages 3 to 5 toward school readiness. Based on current research, the ELS integrates with any curriculum and supports the needs of all student populations.
The ELS
The ELS improves teaching and learning in a focused and manageable way that is not overwhelming for teachers. The domains covered by the assessment include Math/Science, Social-Emotional/Social Studies and Language & Literacy. A Motor Development supplement is now available.
Print Version
The ELS comes with all you need to assess up to 25 students—including a DVD and comprehensive guidebook, child portfolios, English/Spanish family guides with at-home activities, customized notepads for documenting data and more! View complete details and ordering information.

Introductory DVD
This 25-minute video features an informative summary of the ELS, a description of its use in the classroom, plus an overview of the assessment process along with unbiased, expert opinion.
View the Introductory DVD.

ELS Introductory DVD
Online Version
For programs that are online-capable, the ELS is available over the Internet. The online version also features handheld capabilities that allow teachers to record observations in real time and then upload them to the website for immediate analysis.

Ordering Large Quantities
If you are interested in ordering large quantities of the ELS or its components, contact us to discuss pricing options.

Training & Support
Along with reliability certification, both in-person and online training are available.

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