Structured Oral Language Observations (SOLO)
Students’ language development is assessed throughout Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner with the Structured Oral Language Observations, or SOLOs. SOLOs are quick, informal assessment tools used to measure growth in students’ oral language. There are thirty-one SOLOs, two for each unit, except for Welcome to School, which has one. They assess children’s receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, and oral-language production.
for a sample Curiosity Corner SOLO from Unit 29 - Swing into Spring
for a sample KinderCorner SOLO from In Kindergarten
by Sally Francis Anderson.
Each SOLO assessment is based on a book or material used in the program. The teacher and student look through the book or at the material together, discussing thematic vocabulary, characters, and/or events. This informal approach allows students to feel comfortable enough to express themselves and gives teachers an opportunity to spend individual time with each student to observe language growth and development. SOLOs are administered (after the children have been introduced to the book or material within the context of the week’s lessons) to two or three students per week. Use transition times, Greetings, Readings, & Writings, or lab time to facilitate the assessment.
The SOLOs have a simple scoring system, and each question contains sample answers to help teachers determine how to score student responses. Students’ responses don’t have to match exactly but should be accurate (e.g., cat, kitten, or kitty would all be considered accurate for an illustration of a cat).
SOLO scores are recorded on a Structured Oral Language Observation Individual Recording Form and placed in student portfolios to provide a log of students’ language development over a period of time.