Little Sponges® offers free assessments in 6 languages. "Research shows that when bilingual children are provided optimal environments for learning both languages, they are able to develop sizable and deep vocabularies in both languages" - Huffington Post.
In order to create these optimal environments, it is important for schools to perform accurate assessments in both languages to determine what children know when they begin the school year. Using assessment data, schools can create personalized plans that address the specific gaps of knowledge in both languages and monitor how students are progressing towards their learning goals. It is extremely important to accurately assess ELL and DLL students, as many are mis-categorized and labeled as academically challenged, simply because they cannot express their knowledge in English.
The Little Sponges® assessments are age appropriate and leverage colorful, real-life images and audio to assess students knowledge in their first and second language. These multimedia assessments enable children to go through the assessment on their own and ensure consistency in testing regardless of who administers the assessment. Teachers should supervise 3 and 4 years old students (ideally one-on-one) when they take the assessment. It is recommended that students use touch-screen devices to ensure they are using the device correctly. Students in kindergarten and higher grades can take the assessment on their own. This enables teachers to save time by administering the assessment to all students in the class at the same time. Test scores are provided immediately after the student finishes the assessment giving teacher the score representing the percent of questions each student answered correctly. Each language track offers 3 assessment levels:
Level 1 Assessment is designed for children in preschool and Pre-K, but can be utilized in older grades for students who are just beginning to learn one of the languages. The 20 questions in this assessment focuses on comprehension and letter recognition, testing children's early language and literacy skills.
Level 2 Assessment is 25 questions and designed for kindergarten age students. It assesses students' understanding of more complex vocabulary and academic topics as well as literacy. Students listen to audio questions and answer them by drawing on their knowledge of academic concepts and vocabulary. Students also answer literacy questions by reading sight words and matching them to correct visuals.
Level 3 Assessment is 30 questions and designed for students in first and second grade who have been learning two languages for at least 2-3 years. It assesses children's ability to read in the target language and tests their comprehension of age appropriate academic content and vocabulary.
These assessments are aligned with educational standards and Little Sponges® curriculum. Students who use Little Sponges® program for the whole school year are expected to score 90-100% on age appropriate assessment at the end of the school year in both languages.
Select a language track below to access the assessments.