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Week 6 & 10 in screening in the Early Years & Foundation? Is it necessary to assess twice? Can I just present end of term screening?

Students in The Early Years and Foundation should move quickly through the learning sequence.
Checking-in on students in Week 6 will allow teachers to reflect on their teaching, adjust their program, and refine teaching targets for the remainder of the term.
If a student is progressing well, a plan can be made to push along with the teaching sequence.
If a student is demonstrating poor or slower skill development, Mid and End of Term testing will identify if this is the case, and a timely plan can be made to provide support at the point of need.

The screening should be quick.

In terms of Early Years & Foundation pre-literacy screening:
The Early Years Assessment: Only 1 minute per subtest per child.
Foundation students operating at a pre-literacy level: 3 x 1 minute subtests.

In terms of Foundation reading and spelling screening:
The Foundation: Early Reading Screen should take 2 minutes per child to administer.
The Foundation Spelling Screen should be presented in groups taking no more than 10-15 minutes for each group. It is NEVER recommended that the spelling screening is presented individually to children.

Therefore, it should be quick and easy for teachers to implement twice a term, and incredibly valuable to drive student growth.
With the 'current' testing results, teachers can refine teaching goals and establish a plan for targeted teaching. Student's learning should also be maximised by the regular adjustements to their learning. So, yes, the testing is extra effort, but the impact of this is more effective teaching and enhanced student learnign (and outcomes).

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Updated on: 15/09/2023

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