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1011 Strategic Goal 1 - Literacy - 30 November 2010


Literacy Report  

November 2010

Goal 1 (literacy)  By the end of the year at least 66% of year 6 children will be reading at or above the school reading age target of PM level 27 – 28 (10 – 11 year reading age)


·       We want to know that our children are leaving our school with a level of reading that will allow them to participate at year 7 – 8.

·       We have chosen year 6 because we are aware that, at entry, many of our pupils have limited language skills and few have pre school education. By the end of the 6th year, however, we believe we can overcome the earlier setbacks and attain levels comparable to national averages.


What happened.

·       Systems to gather information were put in place and a calendar developed so the data could be analysed and reported to the BOT. We decided on

o      STAR for year 3 – 6 reading,

o      asTTle for year 3 – 6 written language (recount)

o      running records for all reading

o      exemplars for years 1 and 2 writing

·       At the end of the year it was decided that we didn’t get enough information from STAR so we are changing to asTTle for pupils working at or above level 2b in 2011.


Monitoring and reporting.

·       In February, 50% of our year6 pupils were reading at or above level 27 (10 – 10 ½ years reading age) using PM Benchmark running records.

·       We took our children for another running record test in late October and early November and made comparisons only between those pupils who were at school for both tests.

·       By November, 31 of the 33 year 6 pupils (93%) were reading with fluency and comprehension at or above our target of level 28.


·       The average year 6 boy began on level 24 and moved 5.6 steps.

·       The average year 6 girl began a bit higher on level 25.7 and moved 4.3 steps.

·       This movement equates to about 2 years progress.

·       By the end of the year the difference between boys and girls was negligible.