Two learners went above 50 Correct Letter Sounds (CLS) and only four learners were below 10 CLS. In terms of their Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF), which was assessed first in June, the Grade Rs improved from an average of 6.69 Correct Letter Sounds (CLS) to 17.78 CLS in November (also a good improvement in six months). These final results compare quite favourably with the St. Mary’s Whistle Stop School Grade R class (which had had a full year of intensive Literacy support provided by a very experienced and highly skilled teacher). On the NWF, the St. Marys WSS Grade Rs averaged 9 CLS in November whereas the Good Shepherd Grade Rs surpassed this at 17 CLS.
For the Good Shepherd GrRs this is a significant advance, as the Grade Rs of 2017 only went into Grade 1 at the beginning of 2018 with an average Letter Naming Fluency of 13 CLS (compared with 19 with which this Good Shepherd Grade R class will go into Gr1) and a 14 Nonsense Word Fluency (compared with 17). The Grade 1 teacher will thus have an incoming class in 2019 that is significantly stronger than that of 2018. The Grade Rs of 2018 are moving into Grade 1 with a sound foundation from which to progress into Grade-Level reading ability (Oral Reading Fluency measured in Words per Minute).
The Grade 2 Good Shepherd class had an average Oral Reading Fluency in January of 19WPM (Pre-Grade 1 level) and improved significantly to 37WPM by June and 50WPM by November (taking them to the top of the Grade 1 band). They thus improved 2 grade-levels in the course of the year and although the average is not where they should be at the end of their Grade 2 year (74WPM), significant strides have been made and the class is on average at a higher level than the Grade 2 class of 2017 which entered Grade 3 on only 47WPM.