ELLCO

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ELLCOEarly Language and Literacy Classroom Observation
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The ELLCO is an observation tool for assessing the quality of preschool and kindergarten literacy environments.
The ELLCO yields a total maximum score ranging from 15 to 124 distributed across three parts: (a) Literacy Environment Checklist (LEC), (b) one 40-minute classroom observation and follow-up teacher interview, and (c) Literacy Activities Rating Scale (LARS).
Classroom observations using the ELLCO were conducted twice during the year, prior to the fall feedback meetings and following the spring feedback meetings.
The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Toolkit, developed by Smith, Dickinson, Sangeorge, and Anastasopoulos (2002), was used to examine changes in the classroom environments of the treatment and control groups of classroom/teacher units.
The ELLCO is designed to "identify the practices and environmental supports that can nourish children's early literacy and language development in early childhood and early elementary classrooms" (p.
The ELLCO consists of three components: the Literacy Environment Checklist (LEC), the Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview (COTI), and the Literacy Activities Rating Scale (LARS).
The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO; Smith et al., 2002) was designed to assess the literacy environment of preschool through 3rd-grade classrooms.
The ELLCO consists of three parts: the Literacy Environment Checklist, the Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview, and the Literacy Activities Rating Scale.
The last component of the ELLCO is the Literacy Activities Rating Scale, which is used to assess the frequency and duration of nine literacy behaviors.