Academic Highlights 2019

Foundation Phase Literacy Development

Good Shepherd Primary School is part of a VESTAS-funded Primary Education Project (PEP) run by GADRA Education. Good Shepherd, as a Core School in this project, received weekly classroom support in its 4 Foundation Phase classrooms (GrR-Gr3). In all these classrooms, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) assessments were conducted in January (Baseline), June and November.

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An additional investment in Gr R Literacy support in Term 4, in the form of small group literacy work in parallel to the classroom, resulted in dramatic improvements in Letter Naming Fluency and Nonsense Word Fluency from June to November 2018. This is illustrated in Figure 1.

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.

Tracking Academic Performance at Good Shepherd School 2012-2016

View the report from the Good Shepherd Trust

What is ANA (Annual National Assessment)?

ANA was put in place by the DBE as a strategy to annually measure progress in learner achievement towards the 2014 target of ensuring that at least 60% of learners achieve acceptable levels in Literacy and Numeracy. ANA is one of the initiatives that form the backbone of the DBE’s Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025. ANA targets Literacy and Numeracy because these have been found universally to be the key foundational skills for successful learning in school and beyond. The tests are administered in all the eleven official languages in the foundation phase and in the two languages of teaching and learning in the Intermediate and Senior Phase. Necessary adaptations are effected for learners who experience various kinds of learning disabilities to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do in the assessment.

Good Shepherd Primary ANA Results