Assessing Spelling Difficulties

An effective way to assess a child's spelling is to analyse the errors they make in their independent writing.  Below is a simple spelling analysis sheet that will help you do this.  Photocopy a sample of independent work and highlight all the correctly spelt words.  This shows you what the child can do already.  Note down up to ten spelling errors and then analyse each word.  For example: Is the error a common word?  If so, write it in the red section.  Continue for each word, writing each word in the correct box.  Use this to see if there are any particular patterns of error that need addressing explicitly.  This will help you decide the most appropriate intervention or approach to use with the child.

Spelling Analysis Sheet