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I'm looking for how you determine reading levels? For the last 9 years I"ve been in this district we've had STAR assessments and AR. Now the district is cancelling the subscription. So with that happening, I'll have to find a new way to get the kids' reading levels.

I'm searching for something free to cheap.


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I'm not sure what grade you need it for, but in 3-5, I used the McLeod. (sp?) I found it to be very close to STAR. It's a fill in the blank test, and takes about 45 minutes to grade a class set, but I felt it was worth the time.
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Thank you. I need second grade. I will look into that.
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To determine reading levels, we use the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) in Oct, Jan, and May. This is what we use to determine which books to pick for guided reading. If Reading A to Z, they also have benchmark passages that you can do a running record with... but the truth is that you could do running records using the leveled books that you have on hand to determine your students' level as well. Even when our district had STAR assessments, we took more stock in the DRA levels and guided reading running records.
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I think I tossed my DRA kit when STAR was "the" thing to use . We do have DIBELS, but I don't get as much info as I did from STAR. Anyway...thanks for the tips.


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I would think your district would have some plan in place for you to use for assessment to find out student reading levels Fountas &Pinnell Benchmark Assessment is excellent, but not cheap......

It would be a lot of work, but do you have leveled books at your school that you could use to administer a running record and use that info to help you learn the reader's independent and instructional reading levels?
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a plan? haha. NO! We had to go BACK to our old series because the companies we would adopt from were inappropriate and didn't "fit" the state standards. They had us vote on the series we wanted and the school board hadn't even previewed the series' before they sent them out for us to view. After the teachers told the school board they wouldn't work, they rescinded the choices and said we are keeping the 10 year series again. Oh, and don't use it, just use it as a supplement. Bring in other stuff.

Honestly I could go on and on....

I hope this makes sense. I jusst had way too much coffee.
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Who knows. Maybe you'll enjoy the freedom of not being tied to a basal for reading and writing by the end of the year. I've never taught with a basal over the years and I'm pretty glad that I was never required to. I highly recommend looking into Jan Richardson's resources online for guided reading and Lucy Calkins for writer's workshop. Also, when you're not tied to a basal, it's helpful to come up with your own scope and sequence at least as a basis. Here's mine for this coming year. I hope it helps.
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