PLD produce a range of Excel spreadsheets to facilitate monitoring of student progress which can be adapted to suit the school’s needs and internal processes. If you would like to receive a FREE copy of these spreadsheets, please go here and request the excel document.

If you require additional support, we recommend taking a look at the short online courses . Each of the courses recommend screening to track student development but also to assist programming. The courses can be viewed here.

Guidelines for the Year 1-6 Screening: The Phonic & Sight Word Sequence Placement Test

Step 1: It is essential that you commence from stage 1. Although it might seem attractive to short-cut the placement process, by limiting the number of stages presented, this is NOT recommended.

Refer to the examples provided on pages 13-15 in the 2018 Phonic & sight word sequence Alternatively, the templates on pages 11 and 12 start from stage 1.

Step 2: Locate the correct screen. The beginning of the year screen is located on page 10 and the end of term reviews are located on pages 23 and 24 in the 2018 Phonic & sight word sequence

Step 3a: Remember to convert student scores into percentages. Below is a quick reference table to make this a time efficient process:



Step 3b: Remember when marking to judge what level you are going to base your next term's teaching on. Typically this is where students drop below 85% in their scores (but keep in mind a degree of teacher judgement may be required for some students). .

Step 4a: Enter the percentages into excel.

Step 4b: For each student, highlight the cell that indicates what you intend to teach over the next cycle/term.

Step 5: Ability group the students. Refer to the example on page 25 in the 2018 Phonic & sight word sequence



Highlight the rows, then right click to cut and paste, and group bands of 'like students' together. This means that your excel ability grouping will match how you are working with the students within the classroom.
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