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An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement

Melanie Berg and Elliot Lawes

An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement (the Observation Survey) is used widely in NZ schools to assess progress in early literacy learning, and also to identify children who need additional help to make appropriate progress with reading and writing after one year at school.

NZCER was contracted by The Marie Clay Literacy Trust (MCLT) to update the New Zealand norms, and to produce achievement information for the Observation Survey.  Two reports were produced, see attachments below.

  1. Renorming Five Tasks of the Observation Survey for New Zealand. The most recent Observation Survey norming study was carried out in 2000. In this report, the updated norms for five tasks in the Observation Survey will provide reference information for classroom teachers, administrators, and Reading Recovery Trainers, Tutors and teachers, that is up-to-date and relevant to the students who are administered the Observation Survey.
  2. Norms for New Zealand students in two age groups for the Observation Survey. This report produced achievement information for two specific age groups of students: Students that are in their first three weeks of schooling. Students within a month either side of their sixth birthday at the time of assessment.
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Melanie Berg