We participate in the Accelerated Reader program in our school and students take a test at the beginning of the year which yields a reading level. Students are encouraged to read at their assigned reading level, and individual reading conferences are held weekly.
Accelerated Reader is what our pen pals have in St. Augustine- I think it is a good idea to have a "margin of error" (I believe that is what it is called) to help students to choose appropriate books. We have Reading Counts, and through the FAIR assessment (a Florida assessment), I know my students' lexile levels. Several have a level of around 1000.
How do you hold individual reading conferences? Do you utilize both individual conferences and centers? - Victoria
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