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Why do the 2024 Spelling Tracking Sheets not have a column for the phonic errors?

In 2023 yes the tracking sheets had a column in which teachers were able to list the errors students were making. In the 2024 version of the tracking sheet PLD's Tracking Sheets for Monitoring Student Progress this column has been removed.

Why was the error column removed in the 2024 tracking sheets?

Teachers were inappropriately using the column. They were identifying the errors for ALL students in the class and not just the Tier 2 and 3 students who require an individualised program.

In the experience of the PLD office, when the column is present, teachers fill it with information for all students in the class, rather than just the delayed students.


Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) has a three tier approach to implementation.


Tier 3 students require personalised intervention and hence it is necessary to identify the phonic basis of the errors in their placement tests.

Tier 2 students marginally behind the age matched peers, also require the identification of the phonic basis of the errors in their placement tests.

Tier 1 students are typically identified as being age - appropriate and/or advanced and hence only require placement on the broad based 38 week teaching plan from the Teaching Sequence Manuals, rather than the teaching of the 16 errors within a stage.


When teachers engage in the process of identifying the errors for the whole class it becomes time consuming.


An example from a Year 3 class

Updated on: 05/02/2024

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