Middle and Upper Priamary Early Reading Screen

Year Level: Years 3 to 6

The Early Reading Screen presents an evidence-based alternative to whole-language reading assessments

The Upper and Middle Primary Early Reading Screen is a quick single-word reading assessment. It presents words that gradually increase in length and phonic complexity. The progression reflects PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) approach. The assessment takes two to three minutes per student to present and should be used to determine the level of decodable reading books that are required for home and in-class reading. The screening and tracking process has been outlined in detail in the Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Screening & Tracking Manual.

The Middle and Upper Primary Early Reading Screen 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 course:

Educators should find that the Upper and Middle Primary Early Reading Screen outlines a fairly standard SSP progression which can be utilised in conjunction with other evidence-based SSP programs. See our Copyright Terms of Use at https://pld-literacy.org/help-pages/copyright-policy/.

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    Year 1 & 2 Screening & Tracking Manual

    The Year 1 & 2 Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules. We recommended that the screens are administered following a solid period of repeated targeted instruction as outlined in the PLD Year 1 & 2 Teaching Sequence Manual. In this way, […]

    The Year 1 & 2 Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue

  • Middle and Upper Priamary Early Reading Screen
    Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual

    The Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules. We recommended that the screens are administered following a solid period of repeated targeted instruction as outlined in the PLD Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual. In this way, the screens function as a check-in […]

    The Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules. We recommended that

  • Middle and Upper Priamary Early Reading Screen
    Assessments for Students Experiencing Difficulty Within Stage 1 Targets 1, 2 & 3

    PLD recommends the presentation of these short assessments to determine why students may not be progressing through Stage 1 at a pleasing rate. 

    These screens have been designed to identify why students are not progressing, or why they are experiencing difficulties acquiring skills within Stage 1. The screens

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    Early Reading Screen – Foundation

    Tracking the emergence of early decoding and word reading.

    The Early Reading Screen – Foundation is designed to track the emergence of decoding and word reading. The screen can be used to track skill

This download outlines how PLD programs link to the ACARA National Curriculum year level content descriptions.

  • Middle and Upper Priamary Early Reading Screen
    PLD’s Alignment to the Australian National Curriculum

    How does PLD align to the Australian National Curriculum?

    In the attached download we have outlined where PLD applies to each year level, the content code and descriptor and the related PLD programs.  

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