Early Years Pre-Literacy Screening

Year Level: Early Years

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 on 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 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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    Early Years Screening & Tracking Manual

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    Early Years to Year 6 Assessment Schedule

    The following Early Years to Year 6 full year assessment schedule and scope and sequence outlines have been provided as a general term-by-term guide from which schools can adapt their scheduling. While some students will progress faster and some slower, these plans should be considered for the bulk of students. Screening and tracking is an […]

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    Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen

    Revised for 2020.

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

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    Foundation – Early Reading Profile

    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

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