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best spelling age assessment

Discussion in 'Primary' started by grasshopper2000, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. grasshopper2000

    grasshopper2000 Occasional commenter

    I have used a Blackwell spelling test and a Schonell spelling test on a KS2 pupil but the results were quite different. The first one gave an age of 6.5 years and the second an age of 7.5 years. Is one test more accurate than the other? If so which one should I use or should I take the average of the two being 7 years?
  2. asnac

    asnac Lead commenter

    These tests have margins of error and personally I've always found spelling 'ages' to be not very reliable.

    Either take the average, or use professional judgment by comparing the child's daily output with typical Y2/Y3 pupils. The average would not be 7 but 6.11, assuming the '5' is months (as is conventional) rather than a decimal.
  3. michaelt1979

    michaelt1979 Occasional commenter

    I can't imagine any spelling test can really give an "accurate" result.
    But if you want to measure some form of progress, then sticking with one will give you a rough idea

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