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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of February 2nd

posted Feb 2, 2018, 3:47 PM by Courtney Richardson
Should we put the child’s reading text level on report cards?

Although some districts put a child's reading level on their report card, I'm hesitant to do that. Parents don’t understand the fluidity of levels, and I've found that a child has a reading level range rather than one specific level. To say that a child is a level R reader, for instance, doesn’t mean a thing to a parent. Text levels are helpful in selecting texts for guided reading, but it is the process the student does at that text level that guides instructional decisions about what the student needs to learn next. I do believe, however, that it is appropriate to tell parents whether their child is reading below grade level, at or near grade level, or significantly above grade level.