About the Measure

Domains Omnibus
Subscales Consist of 12 probes: six designed to measure early literacy skills (e.g., phonological awareness, vocabulary, and letter knowledge) and six designed to assess early numeracy skills (e.g., number identification and counting aloud).
Target Construct Literacy: Phonological awareness, vocabulary, print knowledge, and letter knowledge Numeracy: Number identification, pattern and shape recognition, and counting
Description Developed specifically for preschool children at-risk for academic difficulty, EARLI includes two sets of brief measures. The first set assesses critical early literacy skills and the second set measures early mathematics skills.
Test Authors DiPerna, Morgan, & Lei, 2007
Publisher Headstart University Partnership (2007)

Implementation details

Respondent Child
Prior knowledge Required Not reported
Scoring Transparent scoring clear criteria
Time Typical administration time was approximately 2 min per probe (12 minutes total)
Age 3 years to 4 years

Psychometric details

UK norms YES
Norm / Criterion referenced Both
Standardisation sample 47
Reliability Internal consistency: Cronbach's alphas range from 0.83 to 0.98. Only for expressive vocabulary fall short of 0.80 (Reported in Reid et al. 2001)
Criterion validity EARLI numeracy measures demonstrated adequate concurrent relationships with scores from the WJ-III mathematics subtests
Construct validity Scores on the Letter Naming, Alphabet Recitation, and Letter Sounds probes displayed moderate concurrent relationships (r = .48–.67) with the TERA-3’s Alphabet subtest. No significant relationships were observed between the EARLI probes and the Meaning or Conventions subtests. (Reported in Reid at al, 2001)
Concurrent validity Moderately or strongly correlated with the Test of Early Reading for literacy probes .43 -.55