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Reading Levels

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Started by Karrie 12 Aug 2015 5:25pm () Replies (27)

Hi everyone,

I have a class of now Year 1s as the children started in Term 2.  I was wondering what reading level is expected - is it yellow by 6 months of school in order to meet the Nat Standard of green? Also, can someone tell me when it comes to running records at this early stage (magenta and red), what do any teachers out there do? Do you test them using the current reading book? When they have read that well, do you then use an unseen text to determine whether they move up to the next level? I found that testing some readers today on the their seem texts they read them well, but when testing using an unseen text, they made lots of mistakes even with little words like (at, it).  In phonics we are working on stage 2, and Im still trying to get through the testing to find out who is ready to move on and how Im going to manage this, as Im wondering if this is the reason the children aren't performing better? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.


  • Jane Macdonald (View all users posts) 12 Aug 2015 6:50pm ()

     If children are reading at yellow level after 20 weeks at school they should then go on to be reading green after 40 weeks. Children need to move up a level approx every 3 weeks and then they should get to green at 6 yrs of age. We track our students weekly on a wedge graph and students can have 6 weeks at emergent(if needed to establish 1 to 1) and go on to make green.All running records should be taken on text that has been seen once. If the text is taken in a guided lesson one day and then a running record the following day, you should see what your readers are doing.We work on phonics daily and do a mixture of Yolanda Soryl and Literacy Evolution ideas from Jo Makison (Richmond school..Hawkes Bay). This includes letter/sound work and also High Frequency word writing. Thats what we are doing.



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