Before she goes in for their evaluation, however, I want to have a sense of where she stands on their scale. As a homeschool teacher, I know my students. It doesn't matter how they compare to others, ahead or behind. It doesn't matter what grade level they're at. I'm not going to learn any useful information from a standardized test. By simple observation and knowing my students/kiddoes, I have what I need to help them continue to learn.
However, that's not how the school views things. They want grade levels. They want test scores. They want percentiles. They want to compare children and
So how does one determine a kid's reading level? I have a sense of what Maggie can read easily, what she can struggle through, and what's too hard. When I hunted for online reading tests, they were stupid. They had lists of words for kids to read. That's not a reliable way to test reading! So I'm having her read to me some chapters of books with an assigned grade level. If she can read it correctly and understand what's going on in the story, that tells more way more than having her rattle off a list of unrelated (and increasingly difficult) words.
But how do I know whether Little House on the Prairie is a 3rd-grade book or a 7th-grade book? Guess what? I found the Scholastic website. You can type in the name of a book. If Scholastic carries it, you'll find both the reading level and the interest level. (By the way, Laura's story is rated as grade 4.3. I'm skeptical about the interest level, though. The website says 3rd grade. I say my 3-yr-old granddaughter likes it, my 8-yr-olds liked it, my teenagers liked it, and I still like it!) Another graded list is available from a Massachusetts school. This one can be sorted by reading level, by title, or by author.
So far, it looks like my guess of Maggie's reading level is likely to pan out according to this in-depth test. I wonder if the school's test will be as realistic.