BOX 4–3 Reporting Individual Achievement in Spelling

Pictured below is a developmental continuum that has been constructed as a map for monitoring children’s developing competence in spelling. Five broad levels of spelling development, labeled “Preliminary Spelling” to “Independent Spelling” are shown. On the left of the figure, one child’s estimated levels of spelling attainment on four occasions are shown. Each estimate has been dated to show the child’s progress as a speller over time.

SOURCE: Masters and Forster (1996, p. 41). Used with permission of authors.



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