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Assessing A Student's Level

Three-Part Process

1 Students record themselves reading aloud Benchmark Passages or Benchmark Books and send recordings to your In Basket, which you access through your Kids A-Z management hub. You score their reading behavior on online running records.

2 Students record a retelling of the text and send it to your In Basket, and you use online rubrics for fiction or nonfiction texts to score their comprehension.

3 Students take a Comprehension Quick Check Quiz, and our software scores it. Skill Reports help you identify comprehension skills for additional practice.

Save valuable instructional time and assess every student's reading performance with online running records. Each student sends recordings to your In Basket in a three-part assessment process that provides you with a more complete picture of your students' reading abilities and monitors their progress.

  • Place students at the appropriate reading level to start.
  • Determine students' readiness to advance to the next level after they complete assignments.
  • Monitor student reading progress over time.

Part 1

Start with Assign an Assessment and choose Running Records. Select a student and a Benchmark Passage or Benchmark Book that best approximates a student's reading level.

Preview the Benchmark Passages & Running Records or Benchmark Books & Running Records collections before assigning. (Initially you may have to take more than one running record to determine a student's instructional level.)

Review About Running Records to learn about the details of scoring an online running record.

Parts 2 & 3

Retelling Rubrics and Comprehension Quick Check Quizzes automatically follow the recording of the passage or book and provide details about a student's understanding and comprehension.

Retelling recordings provide details that identify strengths and weaknesses students might have comprehending fiction or nonfiction texts; including analysis of text structures. Listen to recordings and score rubrics for either fiction or nonfiction text.
  • Students are prompted to tell you about the story or text in as much detail as he or she can remember.
  • Rubrics provide specific details expected from every student so teachers can judge each retelling with the same rigor.
Multiple-choice quizzes provide students with feedback when completed on how well they scored.
  • You can preview and review each quiz question and answer in addition to seeing a student's score and skills missed.
  • Use the Skill Reports in your Kids A-Z management hub to see comprehension strengths and opportunities for additional instruction for your whole class or look at individual student reports to individualize instruction.
The three-part process establishes a baseline of your students' levels. Edit or select your students' instructional levels to ensure their self-paced assignments are at a developmentally appropriate level. Allow students to choose books from the Reading Room for independent practice.

How Do I Monitor Students' Reading Progress?

Use Benchmark Books or Benchmark Passages and their associated resources for progress monitoring as students' reading at their instructional levels improves and/or as they complete self-paced assignments. Use Assessment Reports for a whole-class view. Review student profile pages to see individual reading rate and level progress reports so you can further monitor the progress of individual students.

Assessment Schedule

Developmental Level Reading Level Schedule
Early Emergent readers Levels aa-C every 2 to 4 weeks
Emergent readers Levels D-J every 4 to 6 weeks
Early fluent readers Levels K-P every 6 to 8 weeks
Fluent readers Levels Q-Z every 8 to 10 weeks

Note Students who are not progressing at the expected rate should be assessed even more frequently than the Assessment Schedule suggests.

Use the chart below along with the information in Assessment Reports to determine if students are ready to move up a level.

Scorecard formulas are automatically calculated based on recording length and errors you have marked using our online rubrics or forms. See Assessment Reports to review a list of calculated scores for your class. See About Running Records to learn more about taking, marking, and scoring a running record.

Running Record Accuracy Rate Quick Check Comprehension Quiz Action
95% + 95% + Advance Student a Level
95% + 80-94% Instruct at this Level
95% + <80% Lower a Level, Assess Again
90-94% 80-94% Instruct at this Level
90-94% <80% Lower a Level, Assess Again
<90% N/A Lower a Level, Assess Again

For Raz-Plus members, results from the printable running records can be entered to display in a student's Reading Rate report in your Kids A-Z management hub. That way, you have not only the digital running records and assessment information, but also the results from printable running records—all in one place.

How Do I Match Learning A-Z Levels to Other Leveling Systems?

For your convenience, Learning A-Z correlated its levels to other leveling systems. If you've already placed students in levels according to another system, please reference the Level Correlation Chart to determine how another system's levels best match Learning A-Z's levels.

The correlations are not official levels assigned by the other leveling systems, but rather an approximate correlation based on a comparison of attributes in books assigned official levels by both the other leveling system and Learning A-Z.