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After Stage 3 words on the PLD Early Reading Profile, what are the appropriate methods of tracking reading?

Before I outline the options, keep in mind that by PLD's stage 3:

A decoding and word recognition screen is less useful. The Early Reading Profile is a junior primary screen (or a screen for older students still operating at a junior primary level). Students in the junior primary must learn to 'crack the code' and verbalise the print by either reading aloud or silently 'inside their heads'. The ultimate goal of 'cracking the code' is so that comprehension of the content can occur. For some students comprehension is compromised because they are not accurately able to process the words on a page. This is where the profiling of stage 1 and 2 reading skills is useful using the PLD Early Reading Profile, so that appropriate decodable reading material can be presented to the students and in the process, track students through the early reading acquisition phase.
As students reach stage 3, they are typically fairly accurately 'cracking the code' within the reading process and so reading comprehension is the more appropriate area of reading to track. The progression from the PLD Early Reading Profile to middle and upper primary reading assessments should be implemented.
There are a of range of standardised reading comprehension assessments available for the middle and upper primary. Some of the options are outlined in the FAQ below. Keep in mind that it is more difficult to locate junior primary reading comprehension assessments. The range is limited and there may be complications, until students are able to 'crack the code' at a stage 1 and 2 level.

These following FAQ's relate to the topic of appropriate reading assessments:

To access the:
FOUNDATION version of the Early Reading Profile:
The Year 1 and 2 version of the Early Reading Profile:
How do the PLD decodable reading books link to the Early Reading Profiles, the phonics and high frequency word sequence:

If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact the PLD office:

Updated on: 13/08/2020

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