“In those first few weeks when we read the PELI story book with the child one-on-one, not only is it really valuable in terms of testing but the child really enjoys it, and you build up a relationship with the child.” – Sharon Pendlebury

A group of researchers in Wanaka, NZ are using Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI to measure early literacy skills and plan instruction.

When Drs. Jane Carroll and Elizabeth Schaughency of Otago University in New Zealand realized that there were no standards for testing an incoming preschool student’s literacy skills, they turned to the PELI. Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI) is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for kindergarten.

Acadience Learning has worked with Carroll and Schaughency to develop a New Zealand adaptation of PELI for their research. Along with other practices, teachers at Wanaka Primary are using the PELI and seeing improvements in students’ literacy skills. Teacher Sharon Pendlebury says, “I have just started testing my class that I have had for two terms and they are at a much higher standard than last year’s lot because they have already had such good-quality phonic teaching.”

The full article from the Otago Daily Times can be found here.



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