Do Reading Levels Matter?
Here is the question that you have to ask yourself…is the measurement accurate?
A student who doesn’t like reading is tasked with reading a passage that he doesn’t care about. He will try his best, but he really doesn’t care. And I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t care about Jimmy the puppy either who learns to play fetch with his new owner. Give me a story about a soldier fighting in the trenches during World War I and I am going to remember all of the details.
What are you going to do with this reading level? Most teachers don’t do a thing. It is just information that is shared with parents. And it’s pretty much useless.
I don’t need a test to tell me whether or not a student can read or not. All we have to do is open up a book and start reading aloud. That’s all the test I need.
Also, the tests don’t always have a variety of passages. They are carefully calibrated with particular passages. What is the passages are boring?
Relate the story of a student who sat and took a reading test.
Link to article about reading levels.