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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.

Furthermore, 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 here:

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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