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Tool name

Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)

Use to assess

Evaluate whether children are making language progress appropriate for their age group

Age range


Completed by

The child, with minimal supervision from a teacher, paraprofessional, classroom aide, parent, or other classroom volunteer

Time commitment

Approximately 15–20 minutes

Your new screener for early language skills!

Early identification is the first step to helping young children with language delays improve their skills—proficiencies that are so important to later reading success. But how do you find the children who might need help? It’s simple with the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™), a one-of-a-kind tool that helps you evaluate whether children are making language progress appropriate for their age group.

Administered during the regular day, typically one child at a time in a quiet area of the classroom, the QUILS is a helpful addition to kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) and an ideal tool for use in individual classrooms or centers. The format ensures standardized delivery for each child, while automatically generated scores save time for busy teachers—providing cut scores by age level, standard scores, percentile ranks, and reports to share with colleagues and families. And this game-like interactive measure is so much fun, children might even ask if they can do it again!


QUILS screens 3 key areas of language development:

  • Vocabulary: This area looks at word knowledge. Do children know the words they hear on the QUILS?
  • Syntax: This area looks at how words go together in sentences. For example, how do children understand questions that begin with where,when, and how?
  • Process: This area looks at skill in learning new words and grammar structures. How good are children at learning language items when they are new?


What You'll Need


Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)


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Your annual QUILS subscription gives you access to a website that includes the screener; an online User’s Manual and Quick Start Guide; student, parent, and group reports; and activities and tips that support language development.

Additional products and resources

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