Qualls Early Learning Inventory®

  • Scoring

    Class Summary of Student Scores

    The Class Summary of Student Scores compares your group's results to national data on the developmental progress of your students.


    • Three developmental classifications (Delayed, Developing, and Developed) in six key areas of early learning provide results that indicate overall group performance.
    • This report gives a summary at the Class, Building, and System levels.
    • This report also provides benchmark information detailing the national percent of students in each of the developmental classifications.
    • Available for grades K and 1.
    Qualls Early Learning Inventory Class Summary Student Scores

    Class Diagnostic Report

    Teachers can use this report to identify skills that are troublesome for the class and then determine how to allocate or evaluate instructional time.


    • Skill-level information for assessing the developmental progress across students in a class.
    • Provides diagnostic review of six key areas of early learning.
    • The class list helps educators to target follow-up instruction.
    • Available for grades K and 1.
    QELI Class Diagnostic Report

    Student Profile Narrative

    This individual report helps parents understand the development of their child's learning skills.


    • Three developmental classifications (Delayed, Developing, and Developed) help to provide a fuller understanding of a young student's strengths and weaknesses.
    • This Inventory focuses on six areas of early learning, which can be valuable in instructional planning.
    • Available for grades K and 1.

    Sample Report

    QELI Student Profile Narrative
  • Interpretation

    Understanding Score Reports

    The three main reports for QELI have been designed with certain uses and users in mind. For example, the Diagnostic Report is designed primarily for teachers because it gives the most detailed information about individual students. The Student Profile Narrative report can be used for communicating information to parents.

    An administrator or curriculum coordinator can use the Class, Building, and System Summaries to monitor year-to-year characteristics of entering groups or estimate change within a group from fall to spring. You can use the table below to summarize the uses of the reports:

    Score Reports

    Inventory Score Report Assessment Purposes Primary Users
    Class Diagnostic Report
    • Obtain information for instructional planning
    • Monitor individual progress for the year
    • Obtain information for parent conferences
    • Identify individual summer-program goal
    • Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators
    • Teachers
    • Teachers
    • Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators
    Student Profile Narrative
    • Obtain information for parent conferences
    • Obtain information to send home
    • Teachers, Parents
    • Teachers, Parents
    Class, Building or System Summary of Student Scores
    • Gather annual baseline information
    • Obtain information for instructional planning
    • Monitor group progress for the year
    • Offer feedback to preschool programs
    • Curriculum Coordinators, Administrators
    • Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators
    • Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators
    • Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators


    Analyze Group Needs

    Analysis of group needs should determine the nature of difficulties for a large number of students and help students learn specific skills. Ordinarily, plans are made to provide individual assistance to students having difficulty, but when a large group from a class or building is having similar difficulties, group instruction might be beneficial.

    Analyze Individual Needs

    The purpose of analyzing individual needs is to identify the behaviors to target for intervention and improvement. To analyze individual needs one must

    • Identify specific behaviors that need attention
    • Determine the baseline for setting goals and monitoring progress
    • Consider strategies to assist in accelerating development
    • Determine when sufficient progress has been made so re-analysis can address other needs

    Monitor Group or Individual Change

    One use of the Inventory is to allow teachers, curriculum coordinators, or parents to follow developmental changes of students and classes over time. In particular, change should be monitored to:

    • Determine if changes in teaching strategies are needed
    • Decide when extra resources no longer are needed or when they can be shifted to maximize impact
    • Determine which students might need further intervention

    Suggestions for Instruction to Promote Growth

    The Qualls Early Learning Inventory Teacher's Directions and Interpretive Guide provides suggestions for instruction and to promote growth.

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    Reporting to Parents

    Parents want to know how their child is progressing in school. They want to know if their child is adjusting to new circumstances, classmates, and teachers. Most parents are eager to cooperate with the teacher in fostering their child's growth. Information from QELI can supplement other information from the classroom to inform parents and outline activities for use at home to nurture student growth.

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