Tracking the emergence of early decoding and word reading.

The Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year is designed to track the emergence of decoding and word reading. The screen can be used to track skill development each term. The screen provides information about the development of decoding ability (i.e. blending sounds, onset-rime blending or whole word reading) in addition to assessing knowledge of phonic concepts. This allows for identification of areas requiring targeted teaching and assists in planning and also the allocation of decodable reading books.

Once pre-reading skills have been acquired and students are beginning to decode (i.e. read) students typically require repeated practice of specifically structured reading material that gradually increases in phonic complexity and length (i.e. decodable readers). The Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year provides valuable information to assist in scheduling appropriate targeted reading material, the planning for areas requiring targeted teaching and evidence of skill development.

The Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year contains the following:

  • Exercise 1: VC Words
  • Exercise 2: CVC Words
  • Exercise 3: CVC Words With Early Stage 1 Phonics
  • Exercise 4: CCVC and CVCC Words
  • Exercise 5: Words With Late Stage 1 Phonics
  • Exercise 6: Stage 2 Words
  • Exercise 7: Stage 3 Words

Teachers administering the screen are required to record the percentage of accuracy for each level while rating the level of automaticity observed. Training to administer the screen can be found in the following online courses:

Educators should find that ‘Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year’ outlines a fairly standard SSP progression which can be utilised in conjunction with other evidence-based SSP programs.

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