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CELF-5: Test Features and Interpretation

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Complimentary Webinar

Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone

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Presenter: Elisabeth Wiig, Ph.D.


Beyond the basics–this presentation provides detailed information about CELF-5 revision goals, test structure, and item analyses. Advanced test interpretation information will enable you to avoid under- and over-identification of a language disorder for the students you test.

Learner Outcomes

After the completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how CELF-5 was modified to better align with current education models and assessment trends
  2. Indicate why a standard score criterion of -2 SD is not recommended.
  3. Explain why scores about 77 do not indicate that a student is doing “just fine” in the classroom.
  4. Describe how CELF-5 results should be interpreted relative to results from other types of assessment procedures.

Time-ordered Agenda (Eastern Time Zone)

12:00 to 12:10 pm Overview and Test Battery Revision Goals
12:10 to 12:20 pm Test Structure
12:20 to 12:30 pm Revision Goals related to Clinical Utility
12:30 to 12:40 pm Evaluating Individual Test and Composite Score Performance and Score Discrepancies
12:40 to 12:50 pm Considering a "Body of Evidence"
12:50 to 12:55 pm The Metalinguistic Bridge
12:55 to 1:00 pm Question and Answer

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About the Presenter

Elisabeth Wiig, Ph.D. focuses on analyzing the language, learning, and communication status of individuals, and creating effective intervention strategies for the acquisition and use of knowledge. While her particular emphasis is children and adolescents, she also addresses the needs of adults. She has authored six texts, five psychoeducational tests, and ten intervention programs — all used throughout the world. She has also published over 60 research articles and is a regular keynote speaker and presenter at national and international conferences.

Dr. Wiig holds a Ph.D. from Case-Western University and was professor and department chair at Boston University for 17 years. Dr. Wiig was the 2001 recipient of the Frank Kleffner Lifetime Achievement Award and received Honors of the Association from the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 2005.


Elisabeth Wiig, Ph.D. is the primary author of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-Fifth Edition (CELF-5).

Financial disclosure: The presenter receives royalties from Pearson the sale of CELF-5 and CELF-5

Non-financial disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Pearson Assessment Division publishes CELF-5 and CELF-5 Metalinguistics. Course information will cover only information that pertains to the effective and appropriate use and interpretation of the above- named products.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area.)

ASHA CEUs and Eligibility
ASHA CEUs are awarded through the ASHA CE Registry to SLPs, audiologists, or speech/language/hearing scientists. To receive ASHA CEUs, eligible persons must join the ASHA CE Registry, which functions like a college registrar. In addition to maintaining a permanent, cumulative record of courses and ASHA CEUs (taken from ASHA Professional Development as well as other providers), you may also request official transcripts from the CE Registry. Learn about the CE Registry.

Joining the Registry is optional. If you are eligible to earn ASHA CEUs, but choose not to join the Registry, you may track your own professional development hours.

Who is eligible to earn ASHA CEUs?
Effective July 1, 2011, individuals must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs.

  • ASHA Member (includes Life member and International affiliates)
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If I’m not eligible to earn ASHA CEUs, can I attend courses offered by ASHA Approved CE Providers? Each ASHA Approved CE Provider sets the pre-requisites for their course. If you meet the pre-requisites to attend the course, you can attend but you would not be able to earn ASHA CEUs. Unless you meet the eligibility requirements to earn ASHA CEUs, do not turn in an ASHA CEU Participant form at the course or indicate that you wish to earn ASHA CEUs if taking a distance learning course.

If I earned ASHA CEUs prior to 7/1/2011 but I’m no longer eligible to earn ASHA CEUs, what happens to the CEUs I earned? ASHA CEUs earned prior to 7/1/2011 will be retained on the ASHA CE Registry transcript. If you become eligible in the future to earn ASHA CEUs, contact the ASHA CE Registry for information about confirming eligibility.

What is the ASHA CE Registry?
The ASHA CE Registry is the only service that tracks the ASHA CEUs you earn. The ASHA CEUs are recorded on a transcript that lists all the continuing education courses you have taken through ASHA’s network of Approved Continuing Education Providers.

The ASHA CE Registry functions much like a college registrar. In addition to maintaining a permanent, cumulative record of courses and ASHA CEUs, official transcripts are also issued upon request. The ASHA CE Registry is open to ASHA/NSSLHA members, those who are ASHA certified, and other eligible individuals

What is the ASHA CE Registry doing to determine eligibility?
In May and June 2011, ASHA will contact current CE Registry users who do not meet the new criteria and ask them to document eligibility. After July 1, 2011, if ASHA receive an ASHA CEU Participant form for an attendee who is not in their database as an “eligible” Registry user, ASHA will ask them to provide documentation of eligibility prior to awarding ASHA CEUs. If you have questions about this new criterion, contact Ellen Fagan, Director of ASHA CE efagan@asha.org

Professional Development Hours and Eligibility
Professional development hours (PDHs) are an alternative measurement unit for continuing education activities. Related professionals, SLP and audiology assistants, and others may receive PDHs.
PDHs from ASHA Professional Development courses apply toward ASHA certification maintenance. You should check with other authorities (such as state license boards or departments of education) to see if they recognize PDHs.

How CEUs/PDHs Are Calculated
Keep the following points in mind while keeping track of your CEUs:

  • One ASHA CEU equals 10 hours of instruction.
  • One PDH equals 1 hour of instruction.
  • Both ASHA CEUs and PDHs are rounded down to the nearest half hour.

Three easy ways to sign up!
For questions about the ASHA CE Registry, call an Action Center representative Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET at 800-498-2071 or e-mail continuinged@asha.org