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Mrs Danielle Anzai

Mrs Danielle Anzai

Australian Council for Educational Research

Early literacy skills: Finding the right pathway for each child

The first two years of schooling are often regarded as ‘make or break’ for students to develop competent literacy skills that can last into adulthood. These are skills that also often define students’ overall learning experiences for the rest of their time at school. Implementing a consistent, whole-school practice of applying reading assessment data to inform pedagogy during the first two years of education can significantly contribute to the ongoing improvement of students’ literacy and their school experience.

This paper introduces a simple and efficient model for educators in the early years to facilitate this practice in two keys areas of early reading – decoding and comprehension. Drawing on case studies from schools using the ACER PAT Early Years online assessment suite, various conclusions and methods are reviewed and presented for consideration. Although educators from schools using PAT assessments will find the information highly applicable, the model can be effectively implemented at any school and the outcomes are relevant to all early childhood educators.  

About Mrs Danielle Anzai

Danielle Anzai is a research fellow in the Assessment and Reporting division at the Australian Council for Educational Research. She commenced in 2010 to contribute to the development of ACER’s early and primary years’ capability. Over the last five years she has conducted considerable research and work into creating the design and content for early years’ literacy and numeracy diagnostic assessments. The data from these assessments have been used to inform many levels of education, from national policy making to school-based pedagogy, across a number of regions including Afghanistan, Lesotho, Scotland and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Danielle has a Master of Education specialising in Early Childhood and has worked as a primary school teacher both in Australia and overseas.

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