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The tracking of student skill development is central to the PLD process.

The Pre-Literacy Screens have been designed to profile the acquisition of core literacy precursor skills that will impact later reading, spelling and phonic development.

The screen focuses upon two main skills:
1. Phonological Awareness: the ability to attend to the phonological structure or sound structure of words.
2. Alphabetic Knowledge: or more specifically letter sound identification

Both skills have been identified in education, speech pathology, educational psychology and dyslexia research as predictors of success and difficulties in reading performance.

Assessment 1
Early Years Pre-Literacy Screen (Option 1)
This screen tracks the development of syllable segmentation, initial phoneme isolation, half of the alphabet and onset and rime blending.

Assessment 2
Early Years Pre-Literacy Screen (Option 2)
This screen tracks the development of syllable segmentation, initial phoneme isolation, the alphabet and blending of onset and rime and three phonemes.

 

The stimulus sheets are available in cursive and Foundation Font.

 

Even from the Early Years, 1 minute sub-tests should be scheduled each term, so that over the school year students ideally should acquire each of the pre-literacy skills outlined in Option 1 or Option 2 of the Early Years screening tools. Please refer to page 5 in the ‘Whole School Literacy Plan’ booklet. Page 5 outlines a basic implementation guide, that can be adapted to suit the entry level of the students and the vision established within a particular school or Early Years service.

Please note that the test results can be applied directly to excel tracking sheets. Request the Early Years to Year 6 student tracking spreadsheets here.

 

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