Some people have been wondering if there is assessment on Raz-Kids. The short answer is yes, Raz-Kids has assessment. Assessments on Raz-Kids are divided into two: Benchmark Passages and Benchmark Books. Read below to find out more about each of them.
Assessing the reading skills of the students is effective to find the instructional levels of them. While recording their reading behavior, the texts that are used should be appropriate. Benchmark Passages refer to the short text options. They are included in the three part process to help place the students are their instructional levels for leveled reading sessions. They are also used to assess the readiness of the students to level up to the next level.
Benchmark Passages are the ones that assess the comprehension of the students. When the students make a progress, they will be rewarded. There are two fictions and two non-fiction passages in each level. There is at least one fiction-nonfiction passage pair on the same topic in each passage. A level appropriate percentage of words from leveled books at that ready level used by each passage.
- Aa to E = 100%
- F to J = 95% plus 5% new words
- K to Z = 90% plus 10% new words
All the text included in the whole passage is used in the online running record. Most of them have a page, but the upper level ones can be consisted of two pages. Check out all of them on Raz-Plus.
A list of passages included in Benchmark Passages:
- Level aa: The Animals in Summer, The Little House, My Animals, The Spring Day
- Level A: This Plane, He Has Two, Here is a Number, Three Birds
- Level B: Ted Sees a Pond, Near the Pond, Big and Little, We Read About Animals
- Level C: What Will You Have At a Party?, Monkeys Have Many Feelings, The Moon Can Look Different, It Is a Birthday Party
- Level D: Animals Like to Eat, At the Playground, We Use Out Senses, I See Tall Trees
- Level E: Shoes in Different Seasons, Where birds Make Nests, Jen and Ben Learn About Farms, I Need Shoes to Play Soccer
- Level F: Colors, Workers Make a Tunnel, Jake Sees a Tunnel, Energy Helps My Body Move
- Level G: Steps to Make a Garden, How to Penguin Dance, Sally’s Bath, Fruit From My Garden
- Level H: Brain Works, Dinner with the Animals, Hide and Seek Games, Hide and Seek with Tank
- Level I: Giant Squid, Monsters are Not Real, We Love Bamboo, Dark Night on the Water
- Level J: Leopards, The Laughing Lady, I Want a Leopard, Fossils
- Level K: The Great Zoo Escape, The Treasure Map, Map Tools, The Bronx Zoo Cares
- Level L: Home for Lunch, Peanut Butter: An American Favorite
Using the Benchmark Passages is easy. You will be able to do it by following this following guide:
- The assessment has to be assigned by using the Kids A-Z Student Management area. Actually, it can also be done by clicking on the Assign button on the thumbnail of the passage.
- Then, check the Kids A-Z In Basket for the recording of the student and you can score the reading behavior of the student by using the online running record form.
- After that, it is time for you to check the score that the student has and compare it to the expectations to determine if they should move levels.
- The last thing that you have to do is to turn on the student Incentives to reward the progress of the student from level to level.
Just like Benchmark Passages, Benchmark Books are also one part of the three part process that can be used to help assessing the instructional levels of the students for leveled reading sessions and their readiness to move on to the next level.
Benchmark Books are the ones that assess the comprehension of the students. Just like the Book Passages, the students will get a reward every time they pass each level. Every level from Levels aa to J consists of one fiction and one nonfiction Benchmark Book. All the text exists is used in the online running record. Books at all levels are available in printable version and e-Books formats on Raz-Plus.
A list of books included in Benchmark Books:
- Level aa: Funny Cat, The Zoo
- Level A: Fruits, I Go
- Level B: The Sandwich, This Turtle
- Level C: How Things Move, I Can Help
- Level D: How We Get to School, The Wheel
- Level E: In the Sea, The Vet
- Level F: Monkey to the Top, Terrific Tree Houses
- Level G: A Dog for Sally, Big and Small Cats
- Level H: How Long Does It Take?, Living Together
- Level I: Land and water, On Vacation
- Level J: Animal Games, What Comes From Plants
In order to use the Benchmark Books, here is step by step to follow:
- Firstly, you will have to assign the assessment with the help of the Kids A-Z Student Management area. Aside from that, this step can also be done by clicking on the Assign button on the thumbnail of the passage.
- After that, check the Kids A-Z In Basket for the recording of the student and you can score the reading behavior of the student by using the online running record form.
- The next thing is to check the score that the student has and compare it to the expectations to determine if they should move levels.
- When everything is done, you can turn on the student Incentives to reward the progress of the student from level to level.
For more information about Raz-Kids assessments, feel free to visit the official website of Raz-Kids at raz-kids.com. In case there are some questions to ask, you are recommended to contact its customer support, which can be done by dialing the phone number at 866-889-3729 (US toll free) or 520-232-5000 (direct), sending an email or chat, or by sending a mail.