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.

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
This screen tracks the precursors of decoding (ie: blending the alphabet sounds) and the precursors of spelling (ie: phonemic segmentation and alphabet recall and formation).

 

The Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen covers:

  • Subtest 1: Blending which is a precursor to decoding or reading ability
  • Subtest 2: Alphabet Sound Knowledge to support reading
  • Subtest 3: Segmentation of CVC Words a precursor to spelling and writing
  • Subtest 4: Alphabet Sound Recall & Formation – Supporting Spelling & Writing

 

The stimulus sheets are available in cursive and Foundation Font. This screen also applies to: Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD/VIC/TAS) Reception (SA) & Transition (NT). If training is required to administer this assessment, please refer to the following online course: https://courses.pld-literacy.org/courses/Learning-to-read-spell-and-write-in-Foundation

Please note that the test results can be applied directly to excel tracking sheets. Request the 2020 Student Monitoring and Tracking Spreadsheet here. 

 

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