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Bracken Basic Concept Scale: Expressive
(BBCS:E)

 

Overview: Evaluate the acquisition of basic concepts of a child expressively, to determine the cognitive and language development for childhood academic achievement.

Age Range: 3:0 - 6:11 years

Other Languages: Spanish adaptation

Completion Time: School Readiness Composite (SRC): 10-15 minutes. Expressive test total: 20-25 minutes.

Scores/Interpretation: English: SRC and Subtest Scaled Scores, SRC and Total Composite Scores, Percentile Ranks, Concept Age Equivalents, and Descriptive Classification. Spanish: Percent Mastery

Scoring Options: Scoring Assistant® software or manual scoring

Report Options: Teacher and Parent Reports

Publication Date: 2006

 
 
 

Product Details

The Bracken Basic Concept Scale, Third Edition: Receptive (BBCS-3:R) and Bracken Basic Concept Scale: Expressive (BBCS:E) help you evaluate a child’s language skills, cognitive development, and school readiness. Together, these tools help assess a child’s basic concept skills receptively and expressively and compare results to national norms. Spanish-language adaptations of the record forms are available.

As a family of products in concept development, the Bracken assessments differ in focus and item type. In the BBCS-3:R, the child simply points to a correct picture. This is a nonverbal task. In the BBCS-E, the child verbally responds to stimulus items. The BSRA-3 is a school readiness screener; it evaluates just 5 areas of the full BBCS assessments. Together, they are a powerful set of tools for a child’s concept formation and academic success.

Uses & Applications

These instruments help you:

  • Determine if the child has mastered the basic concepts needed to be successful in formal education
  • Determine if a child has deficits in concept development that may need intervention
  • Use results to plan intervention with the Bracken Concept Development Program
  • Easily share results with parents and teachers
  • Match to goals of state Early Childhood standards. These tests comply with No Child Left Behind and IDEA 2004 requirements
  • Complete a discrepancy comparison to identify whether a child has a generalized concept deficit in both receptive and expressive skills or whether the deficit is primarily receptive or expressive
  • Obtain criterion-referenced information for Spanish-speaking students using the Spanish adaptation of the Bracken Receptive and Bracken Expressive

Psychometric Information

  • The standardization sample of 750 children is representative of the U. S. population and stratified by age, sex, race/ethnicity, geographic region, and primary caregiver education level.
  • Test items were reviewed for content and cultural bias by a panel of speechlanguage pathologists and education specialists with expertise in assessment of diverse populations.
  • All versions of the test have excellent psychometric characteristics, with extensive reliability and extensive validity evidence.
  • The assessments include norms and clinical studies with children diagnosed with language impairments and children identified as having intellectual disability. Field research with Spanish adaptation was conducted in 2005 and 2006 to examine familiarity and appropriateness of the test items for Spanish-speaking children in the United States. A total of 61 Spanishspeaking children from the Midwest, South, and West participated in the study.
  • Internal consistency reliability coefficients and an intercorrelation study with the English version demonstrate that the BBCS-3:R and BBCS:E reliably assess basic concepts. Evidence of validity based on test content and internal structure is presented.

Areas of Assessment

Evaluate and teach basic concept categories that are essential aspect of a child’s developing awareness of the world:

  • Color
  • Letters/Sounds
  • Numbers/Counting
  • Sizes/Comparisons
  • Shapes
  • Direction/Position
  • Self-/Social Awareness
  • Texture/Material
  • Quantity
  • Time/Sequence

These categories are essential aspects of a child’s developing awareness of the world. For example, the Colors subtest assesses children's ability to identify and name 1) Primary Colors, 2) Secondary Colors, and 3) Color Absolutes (i.e., white and black). These colors are universal to all cultures and all languages and are necessary for describing the world in which we live. In addition, the concepts provide the building blocks for academic instruction. The Letters/Sounds subtest, for example, was developmentally sequenced to assess identification and naming of upper-case and lower-case letters.

Scoring

The Bracken Scoring Assistant allows you to quickly and accurately score test results, maintain test records and create graphical and summary reports for the BBCS-3: R and BBCS: E. It also guides you in determining the appropriate intervention.

From your test results, the software will identify related BCDP lesson plans that are curriculum-based instructional exercises. These interventions focus on both classroom and home activities, which can be provided by either the teacher or parent.

You also have the ability to present a child’s performance and progress in a parent report available in both English and Spanish, minimizing the challenges of communicating with parents whose native language is Spanish.

Sample Reports

Resources

FAQs

Questions

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

  • My understanding of a confidence interval was that it was equal on both sides of a child’s standard score (i.e., plus or minus x). But I’ve just administered a Bracken where a child 3;11 achieved a raw score of 21 for his SRC, corresponding to a standard score of 88. With a 95% confidence interval it says the range is 80 to 98. By my calculation that makes it 8 points on one side and ten points on the other side. How is this possible?

    The norms tables are correct. Confidence intervals in the norms tables are based on the average standard error of measurement for the scale and are centered on the estimated true score than on the obtained score. Centering the confidence interval on the estimated true score rather than the obtained score results in an asymmetrical interval around the obtained score. This asymmetry occurs because the estimated true score will be closer to the mean of the scale (i.e., 100) than it will be to the obtained score. Therefore, a confidence interval based on the standard error of estimation is a correction for true-score regression toward the mean.

Pricing & Ordering

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Order Components

 
Manual Scoring
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  • Kits

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  • BBCS:E Complete Kit
    0158338928
    $345.00
     
    Includes Examiner’s Manual, Stimulus Manual, and 25 English Record Forms. (The Bracken Basic Concept Scale–Expressive is a new test meant to work as a complement to the Receptive Test.)
  • BBCS-3:R Complete Kit and BBCS:E Complete Kit
    0158338995
    $539.00
     
  • Manuals

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  • BBCS:E Examiner's Manual
    0158338936
    $87.75
     
  • Administration Materials

    Price

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  • BBCS:E English Record Forms
    0158338952
    $59.50
     
    Pkg of 25
  • BBCS:E Spanish Record Forms
    0158338979
    $59.50
     
    Pkg of 25
  • Additional Materials

    Price

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  • BBCS:E Stimulus Manual
    0158338944
    $232.50
     
 
 
Software-based Scoring and Reporting
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  • Kits

    Price

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  • BBCS:E Complete Kit and Scoring Assistant
    0158339029
    $465.00
     
  • BBCS-3:R Kit, BBCS:E Kit, and Scoring Assistant
    0158339037
    $659.00
     
  • Manuals

    Price

    Qty

     
  • BBCS:E Examiner's Manual
    0158338936
    $87.75
     
  • Administration Materials

    Price

    Qty

     
  • BBCS:E English Record Forms
    0158338952
    $59.50
     
    Pkg of 25
  • BBCS:E Spanish Record Forms
    0158338979
    $59.50
     
    Pkg of 25
  • Scoring Software

    Price

    Qty

     
  • BBCS-3:R Scoring Assistant CD
    0158339053
    $173.90
     
  • Additional Materials

    Price

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  • BBCS:E Stimulus Manual
    0158338944
    $232.50
     
 
 
 
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