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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
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Observation Measures of Language and Literacy Instruction—The OMLIT Observation Battery

Carolyn Layzer, Abt Associates, Inc.
Beth Boulay, Abt Associates, Inc.
Richard Hurtig, The University of Iowa
Nancy Jackson, The University of Iowa

Abstract: The CLIMBERs study is designed to measure the effectiveness of the Breakthrough to Literacy (BTL) curriculum when taken to scale in preschool and Kindergarten classrooms in a large, urban school district. In order to measure the curriculum's impact, we are measuring both child outcomes and teacher instructional behaviors, and we are using the Observation Measures of Language and Literacy Instruction (OMLIT) battery to measure the latter. The OMLIT was developed for use in an ED-funded evaluation of a federal early literacy program and is being used in several other medium- and small-scale studies. This poster display will present the measures in the battery, examples of how they are used, constructs derived from it, and psychometrics.

Instruments in the battery include:

  • The Snapshot of Classroom Activities (OMLIT-Snapshot)-a description of classroom activities and groupings, integration of literacy in other activities, and language in the classroom.
  • The Classroom Literacy Instruction Profile (OMLIT-CLIP)-a description of any instructional activities that occur that foster early literacy development. The description includes details on type of activity, knowledge afforded, and instructional style.
  • The Read Aloud Profile (OMLIT-RAP)-a description of staff behavior during oral book reading. This profile is organized by pre-, during-, and post-reading behaviors.
  • The Classroom Literacy Opportunities Checklist (OMLIT-CLOC)-an inventory of literacy materials in the classroom.
  • The Quality of Language and Literacy Instruction (OMLIT-QUILL)-a rating scale of literacy instruction and learning opportunities.