No. This is not the case.
Students with the national curriculum, are required to read, spell and write in their first compulsory year in school or Pre-Primary (WA), Transition (NT), Reception (SA) Prep. (QLD, VIC, TAS), Kindergarten (NSW, ACT). Hence students are required to be well into stage 1 within this Foundation year. How far students progress into stage 1 is dependant upon a range of factors; the school’s whole school literacy strategy, how effectively PLD is being implemented across classrooms and factors such as the entry level of the students. In every class there will always be students operating higher and lower, but undoubtedly average students need to be at least half-way through stage 1 within the Foundation year. Please refer to Australian Curriculum work samples for an indication of ‘satisfactory’ levels. https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources/work-samples/english-work-samples-portfolios/
The flow on effects, are such that, if students are half way through stage 1 at the end of Foundation, they will need to be well into stage 2 at the end of Year 1.

PLD’s view is never to allocate a stage of ‘word and phonic study content’ to a year level. E.g. Year 2 is responsible for stage 2 and Year 3 is responsible for stage 3. This is not how PLD operates.

PLD advocates that there is a range in ability within every class. This range in ability will be different for each classroom. PLD advocates that a placement test presented each term will provide information for three levels of ability and the teaching content that is required for that range. This content is then taken from the Phonic Sight Word Sequence book.

The class profiles can then be entered into excel. Request the spreadsheets HERE.

All students are required to make progress each term. If operating in:
Stage 1, students should progress from one target to the next each term. Please note, that if students are experiencing difficulties or are slow to progress, the following quick skill investigation typically provides an indication why this is occurring and what the student requires as a consequence of these difficulties. https://pld-literacy.org/product/assessments-for-students-experiencing-difficulty-within-stage-1/
Stages 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 students should increase in ability by approximately 25% each term.

If students achieve this level of progress, this typically equates to a minimum of a 12 month increase in ability utilising a standardised assessment.
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