Key Questions for Grading Early Years Reading
One of the ‘hot topics’ right now is how to grade reading when we are moving towards a more evidence informed method of assessment. In a previous post, I wrote about how you might conduct that assessment (here) but the next natural question is, “How does this align with the Australian Curriculum from which we have to grade?”
I warn you, this post is a monster, but I wanted you to have some solid, simple information from which you could make a judgement about reading grades.
The first thing t…
Time to Break Up with Running Records
“What’s his level?” It’s a question repeated over and over again in Australian Schools. It seems that everywhere you look kids are being tested using a popular benchmarking kit that ends up providing an instructional and independent level for reading. Let’s be honest. The idea of a ‘level’ is attractive. It gives us an easily measurable way to track progress in a child’s reading. The problem with this system is that it doesn’t effectively measure a child’s reading progress at all. This sy…