ERIC Number: ED436545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment and Record of the Changes Made to the Spelling Continuum.
Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
First Steps is a program instituted by the Western Australia Ministry of Education to improve the literacy and numeracy of primary school students, particularly those at risk of academic failure. First Steps is organized around reading, writing, spelling, and oral language; children's skills are organized along developmental continua. These continua are an ordered series of statements describing behaviors children display as they move toward literacy. The Spelling Developmental Continuum was revised as a response to a study of teacher assessments of the applicability of the continuum to their students and to teacher responses to a questionnaire about the continuum. The revised version was studied, and a revalidation study showed great improvements in the wording and acceptance of the continuum. This report describes, in detail, the changes made to the 1992 version of the Spelling Development Continuum, and records the effects of these changes as measured in the revalidation of the continuum. The 1993 revision seems to tap spelling ability better than the prior version did, and it groups indicators into phrases with improved precision. In addition, the item response theory methodology was useful in improving the Spelling Development Continuum. An appendix contains the indicator code numbers and text for both versions of the continuum. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Western Australia Ministry of Education, Perth. Curriculum Development Branch.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
Identifiers - Location: Australia