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SLP Course Details

Course # 5143
Interpreting PLS-5 Test Results

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Disclosure: This course is presented in cooperation with Pearson

CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

This course will discuss interpretation of the scores on PLS-5, including the new growth scale values. Changes in content and item developmental placements from PLS-4 to PLS-5 as well as and PLS-4/PLS-5 retests will be discussed.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on October 18, 2011


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe how growth scale values can be used to track a child’s progress.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list two reasons why a child’s score may be lower or higher on PLS-5 than PLS-4.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain differences in developmental skill levels for select items on PLS-4 versus PLS-5.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and overview
5-25 Minutes Interpretation of scores
25-40 Minutes Score differences in PLS-4/PLS-5 retests
40-55 Minutes Age level changes for selected developmental skills
55-60 Minutes Question & Answer Period

Average Rating

(103 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Review by: Lisa on May 26, 2015
Review by: Jenesa on April 14, 2015
Great overview.
Review by: Barbara on February 1, 2015
It kept my interest. I can relate the information directly to my current work.
Review by: Amy on December 30, 2014
explained questions on the test that had been moved which helped me to understand
Review by: Jane on December 27, 2014
I gained a clearer understanding of how to interpret the obtained test results to make a more informed decision about goal planning and treatment needed as a result of testing.
Review by: Kelli on November 5, 2014
Great information!
Review by: Patricia on August 6, 2014
Gained information I was not aware of about the revised PLS-5
Review by: Delores on August 3, 2014
The presenter provided cited the differences between the PLS-4 and PLS-5
Review by: Amy on April 22, 2014
Lots of info on PLS changes
Review by: Perrie on April 11, 2014
Excellent for making the transfer from PLS-4 to PLS-5
Review by: Annette on December 9, 2013
In depth explanation of GSV and its significence. Also explaining how & why of differences between PLS 4 & 5.
Review by: Diane on November 26, 2013
It was very applicable to what I do in my current employment and will help me interpret the scores that my students receive on this evaluation.
Review by: Christie on November 7, 2013
Handouts were beneficial. Comparisons between the PLS-5 and PLS-4 were helpful.
Review by: Elisabeth on August 7, 2013
Explained scoring in detail and reasoning behind scores used
Review by: Judith on June 7, 2013
We have been struggling with the PLS 5, we feel the scores are inflated. This course helped me understand why a little better and will give me information to take back to my fellow SLPS at work.
Review by: Darlene on April 29, 2013
it addressed the problem of agencies using percent delay with age equivalency. (I never hear anyone speak to this) I work with early start and they did not realize the inappropriateness of using age equivalency to determine percent delay. However, the manual did not permit me to copy the information to share with them further, due to copyright.
Review by: Shante on December 29, 2012
I had a difficult time keeping up with the slides and the presenter.
Review by: Melissa on October 31, 2012
very clear why pls-5 is different from previous version. Really liked learning about Growth Values, new concept for me. Great general review of statistics used in assessment!
Review by: Rivka on October 30, 2012
very important
Review by: Reeva on June 18, 2012
It offered advise that is very applicable to my position of determining eligibility for services.
Review by: Carrie on April 27, 2012
Great information, well presented
Review by: Shara on April 22, 2012
Answered questions and addressed areas of confusion.
Review by: Bethany on March 25, 2012
Great for addressing and explaining differences between the PLS 4 and 5
Review by: connie on January 7, 2012
very specific information
Review by: Kimberly on December 30, 2011
Review by: Robin on December 27, 2011
Insignificance of age-level, AC/EC comparison data
Review by: Kara on November 29, 2011
Thanks for making it easy on me to see the difference and interpret the results from the PLS4 to the 5.
Review by: Christine on November 25, 2011
Good refresher on key terms and clear description of differences between PLS-4 and PLS-5.
Review by: Patricia on November 21, 2011
Practical information for an assessment tool I use often
Review by: Judy on November 18, 2011
Organized. Easy to follow along.
Review by: Megan on November 3, 2011
I haven't used a PLS for a long time, so it was a great way to get caught up with the newest version and to see the changes made.
Review by: Deborah on October 30, 2011
Easy to understand and provided the info i need to successfully administer.
Review by: Alexis on October 29, 2011
Very applicable, also clear and concise information.

Course Information

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Course Presenter

nancy castilleja

Nancy Castilleja, M.A., CCC-SLP

Nancy Castilleja is Senior Product Manager for Speech and Language products at Pearson Assessment. Prior to this role, Nancy developed many assessments with The Psychological Corporation and Harcourt Assessment, including PLS English and Spanish editions, Boehm-3, and CELF-4 Spanish. Nancy has 8 years of clinical experience working with infants, school-age children, adolescents, and adults in school and community settings. She has presented at many state and national conferences on early childhood assessment and bilingual assessment issues. Nancy is an employee if Pearson Assessment who publishes the PLS-5.

Disclosure: This presenter is employed by Pearson, which sells the PLS-5 assessment tool discussed in this talk. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit (where applicable), you must be a CEU Total Access member.

AG Bell - Listening and Spoken Language Credential

This course is offered for 1 hour(s) of CE Credit from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For an explanation of content areas, please view pdf listing all 9 "domains."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 1.0 hours of EI credential credit. See http://www.illinoiseitraining.org/page.aspx?module=15 for information about credit areas.

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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