Don't Know Your Student's Level? Find out with Benchmark Passages and Benchmark Books.
Learn More About Levels Check out our Learning A-Z Text Leveling System and Level Correlation Chart.
Begin Using Running Records Read About Running Records for details about scoring and more!

Digital Running Records on Raz-Kids.com

With our online running record tool on Raz-Kids.com, you can:
  • Assign a Benchmark Book from Levels aa-G
  • Assign a Benchmark Passage from Levels aa-Z
  • Listen to students' recordings from reading aloud a book or passage.
  • Score all student recordings using an online running-record tool.
  • Listen to students' recordings of retellings.
  • Score retellings using an online rubric.
  • See quiz questions missed and a report on which comprehension skills to support or re-teach with each student.
  • Reward students' progress through awarding stars to spend in the RAZ Rocket.
  • Track your students' progress over time.

Assessing a Student's Level

Reading A-Z provides a three-part assessment process to help you place students in instructionally appropriate level texts.
  • Find out at which level to start a student.
  • Determine when a student is ready to move to the next level.

Part 1: Students read Benchmark Passages or Benchmark Books, and you capture their reading behavior on Running Records.

Part 2: Students retell the text, and you use Retelling Rubrics to score their comprehension.

Part 3: Students take an oral or written Comprehension Quick Check Quiz, and each question's answer tells what skill it assessed to help you identify comprehension skills for additional practice.


Part 1: Start with Benchmark Passages & Running Records or Benchmark Books & Running Records. Select a passage or book that best approximates a student's reading level. Use the running records that accompany each passage or book to score a student's reading behavior. (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 taking, marking and scoring a running record.

Parts 2 & 3: Retelling Rubrics and Comprehension Quick Check Quizzes provide details about a student's understanding and comprehension of the Benchmark Passage or Book.

  • Retelling Rubrics provide details that identify strengths and weaknesses students might have comprehending fiction or nonfiction texts; including analysis of text structures.
  • Benchmark Passages have written-response quizzes with an answer key. Use the skill tags on the answer key to see comprehension strengths and opportunities for additional instruction.
  • Benchmark Books have oral-response quizzes with possible correct answers and a Comprehension Analysis chart. Question types are text-based, inferential, and critical response and should be tallied to show strengths and opportunities for instruction.
    • Mark correct answers with a plus and incorrect answers with a minus. Write what the student said for incorrect answers.
    • Calculate the appropriate Comprehension Level by dividing the total points scored in all question type categories by the total points available.

The three-part process establishes a baseline of your students' levels. Assign leveled books from Reading A-Z's extensive collection for guided practice at students' instructional levels. Allow students to choose books below their instructional levels 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.

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

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

The scores your students achieve on running records, retellings, and comprehension quizzes give you valuable information about their reading behavior and comprehension. Use it to inform your instruction in addition to placing students and monitoring their progress.

Use the chart below along with the other information you learn from the three-part assessment process to determine if students are ready to move up a level.

Scores
Running Record 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 Reading A-Z customers who also own Raz-Kids, results from printable running records can be entered to display in the Reports there. That way, you have not only the digital running records and assessment information from Raz-Kids, but also 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.