How to Monitor Student Progress?
Time-efficient screening and tracking of student development is central to the PLD process. The termly screens will assist teachers to determine the range in ability evident within the classroom, cluster students into three targeted teaching groups and set a targeted learning focus for the term ahead. PLD advocates tracking from the Early Years to Year 6. To assist this process, PLD supplies school-wide tracking sheets that have already been set up for use.

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The school should download the tracking sheets at the beginning of each school year and set them up for each class. This one document is then utilised throughout the year and populated each term by individual teachers based on the results of the placement screens. By the end of the school year this document will not only serve as an overview of every student in the school’s literacy development, but will also be useful when judging the effectiveness of PLD’s implementation in each classroom.

Achievement Scores (%) for Stage Progression
When marking the placement tests, remember to convert student scores into percentages. Use the following table to make this a time efficient process:
Percentage Conversion Guide
Typically, the first stage at which students score under 85% (hence allowing a few errors to be made) is the level that teaching efforts need to be made to strengthen skills.

You will notice though, that students with scores within the red box should not require a full term at these levels.

When creating THREE targeted teaching groups, as recommended by PLD, teachers may need to be flexible with the 85-88% achievement score. For example, if a students has only hit 77%, but is scoring in the stage above, teachers may choose to bump them to a higher group and monitor progress.

Keep in mind, students are constantly being exposed to and are learning above their level/stage, as well as revising down the previous levels, while the teacher reads and sounds-out each of the phonic-based word lists to the whole class. Yes, students have their own allocated stage/lists, but they should be absorbing learning beyond that allocated level.

If you require any support with using the tracking sheets, you can use this link to book a complimentary support service HERE
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