Online test to check sound reading habits
PARENTS and teachers will get free access to a test to see if their Year 1 students are learning to read by sounding out words.
The online tool aims to boost literacy rates in Australia by checking whether students use phonics skills to break down words by sounding out letters or groups of letters.
The test will be based on a similar assessment used in the United Kingdom, where children are shown a list of 40 words — 20 real words and 20 fake words — all of which can be read using the phonic decoding method.
It is hoped the new tool will help parents and teachers to better understand whether students are guessing the meaning of unfamiliar words from their context, or sounding them out.
The free test was an election promise by the federal government, which has lobbied state and territories to adopt the screening tool in schools. In 2018, South Australia became the first state to roll out compulsory phonics tests for Year 1 students.
East Adelaide Primary School Year 1 students with teacher Pip Souter.