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Early Screening Inventory-Revised, 2008 Edition

Samuel J. Meisels, EdDDorothea B. Marsden, Martha S. Wiske, EdD, Laura W. Henderson, EdD


Overview: ESI-R is an individually administered screening instrument to identify chldren who may need special education services.

Age Range: ESI-P Preschool ages 3:0–4:5, ESI-K Kindergarten ages 4:6–5:11

Other Languages: Spanish

Administration: Examiner administered

Completion Time: 15–20 minutes per child

Scores/Interpretation: Refer/Rescreen/OK recommendation based on age norms

Scoring Options: Manual scoring

Product Details

The Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R™) 2008 Edition provides a brief developmental screening instrument designed to be individually administered to children from 3.5 to 5.11 years of age. It identifies children who may need special education services in order to perform successfully in school. Research has shown the ESI-R to he highly reliable and valid.

Two Versions

The instrument is available for two age groups:

  • The Early Screening Inventory-Preschool (ESI-P) for ages 3.0 through 4.5 years
  • The Early Screening Inventory-Kindergarten (ESI-K) for ages 4.6 through 5.11 years

Separate versions of the score sheets are available for the ESI-P and ESI-K.


The instrument addresses developmental, sensory, and behavioral concerns in the following areas:

  • Visual Motor/Adaptive
  • Language and Cognition
  • Gross Motor Skills

The ESI-R 2008 Edition contains newly-designed score sheets to improve accuracy in scoring. The new Examiner's Manual includes two appendices that contain administration and scoring criteria for Spanish-speaking examiners.


Past Webinar

Overview of the Early Screening Inventory-Revised

Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

The Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R™) is a brief developmental screening instrument designed to be administered individually to children ages 3 years 5 months to 5 years 11 months. It identifies children who may need specialized instruction in order to perform successfully in school. This webinar will provide an overview of the ESI-R™. At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe the tasks and uses of the ESI-R™.

Date: May 21, 2014