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2019 Phonics Screening Check results

21 November 2019

The results from this year’s Phonic Screening Check are showing overall improvement, demonstrating that a renewed focus on phonics is lifting literacy outcomes and learning in South Australian government schools.

52 per cent of Year 1 students scored at or above the expected achievement level by correctly decoding 28 words out of 40, a significant improvement from 43 per cent in 2018.

Improvements were seen across all student groups, including Aboriginal students, students with a verified disability, students who speak English as an additional language or dialect, students at regional schools and schools serving the most disadvantaged communities.

This is the second year that the Phonics Screening Check has been implemented across all government schools with Year 1 students enrolled.

The improvements on last year’s results show that schools are working hard to lift literacy outcomes through high-quality teaching practices, which are then enhanced by interventions for those students identified by the checks as being in need of further support.

The Phonics Screening Check is a short, simple assessment that helps teachers measure how well students are learning to decode and blend letters into sounds.

Government schools across the state are supported in the teaching of phonics and literacy development through Literacy Coaches who work directly with teachers to ensure high quality teaching of reading.

Useful online resources are also available for parents to effectively engage with their child’s reading at home, and can be found on the Department for Education website.