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Teachers - book bands and reading levels.

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IndigoBell Tue 13-Sep-11 06:04:01

(Teachers only please)

Can anyone tell me properly about this correlation between book bands and reading levels.

I can download a hundred copies of 'book bands to reading levels', all saying the same stuff.

For example, that gold band is a 2b.

But do schools have to use that? Can they claim that a child is a 2b, when a child can't read a gold band book?

What would a child have to be able to do in order for school to claim that child is a 2b? Pass the SATs paper? If they passed the SATs paper, but couldn't read books, can you give them a 2b?

DownbytheRiverside Tue 13-Sep-11 06:19:21

These are the Assessing Pupil Profile targets for level two.
You would need at least 3 pieces of evidence before you could say a child has achieved one of the points, preferably more.
If they passed the SATS paper, but didn't make progress in the other areas, then awarding a 2b would be on very shaky ground indeed.

In some reading
range of key words read on sight
unfamiliar words decoded using
appropriate strategies, e.g.
blending sounds
some fluency and expression,
e.g. taking account of
punctuation, speech marks

In some reading
some specific, straightforward information
recalled, e.g. names of characters, main
generally clear idea of where to look for
information, e.g. about characters, topics

In some reading
simple, plausible inference about events and
information, using evidence from text e.g. how a
character is feeling, what makes a plant grow
comments based on textual cues, sometimes

In some reading
some awareness of use of features of
organisation, e.g. beginning and ending of story,
types of punctuation

In some reading
some effective language choices noted, e.g.
‘slimy’ is a good word there some familiar patterns of language identified,
e.g. once upon a time; first, next, last

In some reading
some awareness that writers have viewpoints and purposes, e.g. ‘it
tells you how to do something’, ‘she thinks it’s not fair’
simple statements about likes and dislikes in reading, sometimes
with reason

IndigoBell Tue 13-Sep-11 07:02:05

Thanks, that's what I wanted to know.

So basically, it's very subjective. sad

DownbytheRiverside Tue 13-Sep-11 07:05:06

Subjective, but evidence-based. if you give a child a level, you have to be able to justify it when challenged.
As a teacher, you can't just say 'because I know she is'

mrz Tue 13-Sep-11 07:22:11

Some schools also use a written comprehension test (Y2 has a statutory reading test) and others use aural tests based on the ability to read sentences.

IndigoBell Tue 13-Sep-11 09:59:09

Spoke briefly to the HT today.

Apparently the book band DD was given yesterday was based on an assessment using 'miscue analysis'.

The HTs going to ask the SENCO to do a fuller reading test to find out what's really going on, why there is such a discrepancy between book band and NC reading level.

It's important for her statement application that we know her real level - not for any other reason smile

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