||<p>The Department for Education is evaluating the introduction of the Phonics Screening
Check through a three-year externally-commissioned independent evaluation, undertaken
by the National Foundation for Educational Research. The evaluation is now in the
final year. The first two reports have been published and can be found online:</p><p><a
and <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-evaluation"
are no plans to discontinue the Phonics Screening Check.</p><p>The Department piloted
the Phonics Screening Check in 300 primary schools in 2011, prior to national roll-out
in 2012. The evaluation report on the pilot can be found here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/year-1-phonics-screening-check-pilot-evaluation"
have also published annual technical reports evaluating the validity and reliability
of the Check. The first of these reports was based on the pilot and can be found here:</p><p><a
technical reports since the national roll-out can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2012-technical-report"
and <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2013-technical-report"