Before we start, make sure you have requested the PLD excel-based tracking sheets: https://pld-literacy.org/monitoring/ Keep in mind the process below takes me (i.e. Diana Rigg) no more than 5 minutes. If your skills with excel/google sheets are limited, this make take more time.

Step 1: Enter test results of the PLD Placement Test: https://pld-literacy.org/product/the-2018-19-phonic-sight-word-sequence-placement-test/


Step 2: Remove any O's or 0%'s and remember to check that you have highlighted with the 'paint-pot' on the tool-bar, the cell or cells that you intend to teach over the next school term. Finally, move to the top, any students who have not been assessed (because they did not attend on the screening day). It is also recommended that you right click and 'hide' the columns not required. This will make the tracking sheet more 'user-friendly'.


Step 3: Now to start sorting the students into the groups that you will be instructing. Start by selecting the highest performing students (i.e. those in the top group) and by using the 'cut and paste' you will be able to cluster these students further down the page. Repeat this process and cut and paste all of the second group, clustering them together also. The 'cut and paste' function is achieved by right clicking on the line in question. If you find, you need some coaching with excel/google sheets, please contact your IT coordinator in the school. It is hoped that the following screen grab will assist.


Step 4: Repeat the 'clustering of students process with the third group. You will then need to remove the excess lines, so that the basic groupings have been identified.


Step 5: We are almost done. But when looking at the groupings below there are 4 groups. There are students who require:
late stage 1 and also stage 2 concepts. They students require a combination list (i.e. 5 x stage 1 words and 5 x stage 2 words).
stage 2 (and who on the whole are fairly accurate at a stage 1 level)
stage 3 (but who would benefit from some stage 2 revision also)
stage 4 (who with the exception of one student, are still making some minor errors at stage 2 and 3).


Step 6: Consider your class. Typically I try to arrange only 3 ability groupings. For ease of management, three levels is typically ideal. The above system could be scheduled, or the alternative to simplify this would be to combine one of the groupings. The group I would consider combining would be the two top groups. This would mean scheduling a combination stage 3/4 group. 5 or 6 words from each stage. In this way, the class could be arranged in the following manner:
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