Whole School Phonic Sight Word Sequence Placement Screening

Year Level: Foundation, Year 1 & 2, Years 3 to 6

The Phonic Sight Word Sequence placement test, is designed to very quickly establish the range in ability within a class, and provide the stages or levels for which explicit, structured teaching is required.

The Phonic & Sight Word Sequence Spelling Profiles are designed to track the development of single word spelling based upon PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics sequence. The information gained will highlight the areas requiring further targeted teaching and will also assist in the allocation of spelling lists. Present the screen to each class (ideally in week 1 of Term 1).

Preparation:

  • Duplicate the relevant Student Spelling Template, located in the Screening & Tracking Manuals, for each child.
  • It is recommended that the spelling test is presented to the whole class in one sitting.
  • Middle and upper primary teachers need to start the placement screen at Stage 1. It may be useful to present the spelling screen in 2 to 3 sittings. 15 minutes before recess, 15 minutes after recess and for the students who are still strong spellers, 15 minutes after lunch.
  • Explanation to each group: “We are going to complete a spelling test. The words start off simple and gradually will become more difficult. When I tap you on the shoulder you can stop writing and read a book. Let’s get started. Listen carefully to the words I am asking you to spell and do your best. Please do not use an eraser. If you want to make two attempts of the word, I would like to see both of your attempts”.

Instructions:

  • Word number 1 is ….. [place it in a sentence]. Write the word ….
  • Repeat the process for each word in the sections.

Discontinue Rule:
Continue to spell the words until the student makes 5 consecutive errors or if the student is visibly fatiguing or reluctant to continue. At this point the relevant students can be asked to cease the screen as their earliest point of difficulty has been identified.

Marking & Scoring the Spelling Test Items:

The class profile data can easily be plotted on Excel or Google sheets. Upon request, these school Tracking Sheets can be supplied free of charge. If explicit and systematic phonics instruction is being scheduled there should be measurable progress evident each term. As a general rule:

  • Students operating within Stage 1 should progress from one target to another each term.
  • Students operating within Stages 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, should typically make a 20-25% increase in accuracy each term.

Training to implement these assessments is provided within the PLD seminars and also the following online courses:

 

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    Year 1 & 2 Screening & Tracking Manual

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