I am attempting to interpret results of the CELF®-4 administered to an eight year, eleven month old female. Her core language score is 93, receptive is 121, and expressive is 96. I used the charts in the manual to determine that she does exhibit a significant difference between the two—a difference of 25 points which only occurred in .6% of the standardization population. I am having trouble explaining what impact this may have on her education. Any resources would be appreciated!
Examining the difference between scores is relevant when a student’s scores are low in receptive and/or expressive language skills—you can use this information to report language strengths and weaknesses, consulting with the student’s teacher, and planning intervention. In this case, the student is scoring in the typical range of development—there is no reason to explain relative strengths and weaknesses from a clinical standpoint. Other than pointing out that the student’s receptive language skills appear to be exceptional, there is no educational impact related to the difference between the scores.