SA First in The Country to Introduce Year 1 Phonics Check


Around 14,000 Year 1 public school students across South Australia have completed the Phonics Screening Check this year, including those on the Eyre Peninsula.

South Australia has led the nation as the first state in the country to introduce the comprehensive Year 1 Phonics Check.

The check is a simple assessment that tells teachers how their students are progressing in phonics, a foundational component of learning to read.

It consists of 40 words which are delivered through a mixture of real words and pseudo-words.

Education Minister John Gardner said understanding phonics is a critical skill and that the Phonics Check delivers critical insight into where our students are at with their literacy development.

“The Phonics Check provides teachers with a clear idea of how students are progressing in their learning of phonics, and the results enable educators to identify any issues that students might be having so they can respond to these quickly.




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