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Primary school teachers - reading ages?

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roisin Tue 25-Sep-12 18:20:27

Can anyone tell me what sort of reading age is necessary to get a L4 in SATs?
(Yes, I know they're not the same; but obviously they are linked. If you have a reading age of 5 you will not be able to pass KS2 SATs, yes?)

I think it's probably around age 9? But maybe it's lower?

snowball3 Tue 25-Sep-12 18:41:07

Depends what you mean by reading age. Some reading age tests measure decoding skills ( ie can you actually read the word and pronounce it properly) but SATs reading papers measure comprehension skills. The two are not necessarily the same!

Waitforit Tue 25-Sep-12 19:05:41

We use the Suffolk test which requires a child to fill in a missing word in a sentence from a choice of 4. I find that generally anyone with a reading age of 9 1/2 and above in Jan of year 6 gets a level 4, but it isn't guaranteed.

roisin Tue 25-Sep-12 20:57:54

Thanks Waitforit - that's helpful.
We use Suffolk too.

AbigailS Tue 25-Sep-12 21:22:06

It all depends ion the test used. Many reading age tests assess mainly decoding, but SATs (and teacher assessment NC levels) need good levels of comprehension.

Last year I had children with reading ages of over 11 not achieve level 3 on the SATs comprehension paper or on my APP teacher assessment - great decoders, not got deeper and more mature comprehension skills or understanding of some of the vocabulary. (year 2 class). Having said that I currently have children with reading ages of 7 and over who "failed" the Year 1 phonics check and are currently working at level 1.

We use Salford (sentence reading) and Suffolk (multiple guess for many children!). I can't say I rate reading ages much, the information from teacher assessments and NC levels is far more useful.

mrsbaffled Wed 26-Sep-12 09:55:53

My son's reading age was 12 a year ago (he was 7.5 at the time), but his reading NC level was 3b. Go figure!

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