What Do Reading Levels Tell Us?


Q: My child is in second grade and her report card includes a reading level, but I don’t know what it means. How can I find out what the level means so that I can understand what my daughter needs help with? A: The reading level that you’re referring to is either a number or a letter, which is meant to tell you if your child is reading at grade level. It is based on an assessment called a running record—a record that shows which words the student can and can’t read. But what this assessment does not provide is a [...]