PM is not-evidence based. PM Benchmarking is based upon Whole Language and Balanced Literacy theory, both of which are incompatible with Structured and Synthetic Phonics (SSP).

Schools who are keen to retain PM's but also adopt PLD are recmmended to read the following:

Review the recommended evidence-based programs from AUSPELD: https://pld-literacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2022_SSP_Programs.The_Bulletin.pdf

Review another recommeded evidence-base list from leraning Difficulties Australia (and particularly page 17): https://pld-literacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/PRIMARY-READING-PLEDGE_August2020Final.pdf

Rather than retaining PM's/Whole Language and adding SSP, schools are instead recommeded to move away from PM's/Whole Language/Balanced Literacy:

The following Blog oulines a process

https://pld-literacy.org/leaders-call-for-running-records-pm-benchmarking-to-be-phased-out/

SSP and Whole Language are totally incompatible. They will not easily merge together.

PLD is keen to support schools, in their plans to move towards programs and processes supported by research and the Science of Reading. This process will likley take time in schools, as Whole Language and Balanced Literacy is well entrenched. It is likley to be a confronting process as schools review what is not longer aligned with the research.
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