The students will record themselves reading on Raz-Kids and then the recording will be sent to the teachers to be assessed. The teachers can do a reading assessment on Raz-Kids with the help of the online student records, which is really effective to save time.
Reading assessment is important so that the teachers can determine the right spot or the right reading level for the students to start. With it, they can also determine whether the students are ready to level up to the next level after they complete the assignments. In addition, the reading progress of the students can also be monitored.
For the teachers who want to know how to use the online student records, this following is for you. As a teacher, you can use an assessment process at the start of the school year to place the students into the right texts and the process can be used throughout the year to monitor the progress of the students. The assessment process is divided into three parts.
- Part one: The students record themselves reading Benchmark Passages or Benchmark Books and share the things that have been recorded to the In Basket found in Kids A-Z. Their reading behavior can be scored on the online running records.
- Part two: Students retell the text and record it. After recording, share it to the In Basket, the place to use online rubrics for fiction and nonfiction texts to score their comprehension.
- Part three: The students challenge themselves by taking the quiz known as Comprehension Quick Check Quiz. There is a software that is in charge of scoring the quiz. There is also Skill Reports that will help the teachers to identify the comprehension skills that will be given to the students for the additional practice.
The teachers have to assign a Benchmark Passage or Benchmark Book from Level aa to Level J that is best for the reading level of the student. It can be done by clicking on the Assign button and then choosing the student. The passage or the book that you select is determined by the recorded retelling and comprehension quiz.
The students will be able to see the assessment that they have been assigned when they log into Kids A-Z. After the students submit the recordings to the In Basket on Kids A-, the teachers can listen and give scores to the running record and retelling.
Talking about the assessment, the teachers have to take note that the students are able to assign only one assessment at once.
There is an assessment schedule that is used to assign the assessments when the students complete the self-paced assignments at every reading level. Assessment schedule:
- Developmental Level: Early Emergent readers
Reading Level: Levels aa-C
Schedule: every 2 to 4 weeks
- Developmental Level: Emergent readers
Reading Level: Levels D-J
Schedule: every 4 to 6 weeks
- Developmental Level: Early fluent readers
Reading Level: Levels K-P
Schedule: every 6 to 8 weeks
- Developmental Level: Fluent readers
Reading Level: Levels Q-Z
Schedule: every 8 to 10 weeks
It is worth nothing that every student who is not progressing at the expected rate has to be assessed even more frequently than the one that is suggested by the assessment schedule. Please check out the below chart to determine if the students are ready to move a level.
While listening to the recordings that are sent by the students, it is important to indicate a mistake. To indicate the mistake, the teachers can click the text where it has the error and then choose the variation of the error from the menu. If there are more than one error, they can just click on the word again and then indicate the other errors.
This following chart is able to be used by the teachers to determine whether the students are ready to level up or not. To be able to move up the level of the student in Raz-Kids, the teachers can just choose the appropriate level from the Kids A-Z profile page of the student to make a new assignment that is suitable at their own pace at the developmentally appropriate level of the student.
|Running Record Accuracy Rate||Quick Check Comprehension Quiz||Thing to Do|
|95% +||100%||Advance student a level|
|95% +||80%||Instruct at this level|
|95% +||<80%||Lower a level, assess again|
|90-94%||80-100%||Instruct at this level|
|90-94%||<80%||Lower a level, assess again|
|<90%||N/A||Lower a level, assess again|
Sometimes, the teachers prefer to instruct the students at the level in which they have scored lower than 90 percent, but in general they will not instruct using texts in which the score of the students are under 85 percent.
For more information, 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. There are a few ways to get in touch with them. The first one is through email or chat. To use this method, you will have to provide some information, including your first and last name, your email address, your username, your phone number, the zip code or the name of the school or organization, and the type of the case. do not forget to also include the most important one, which is the comments or the questions that you are going to ask. Click Next when you are done.
If you prefer to talk directly to its customer support, there are two numbers that you can dial. The first one is 866-889-3729 (US toll free) and the second one is 520-232-5000 (direct). These numbers are available on Monday to Friday from 6 AM to 4 PM MST.
Not only that, there is also a mailing address that you can use to send a traditional email to. The mailing address of it is Learning A-Z 1840 East River Rd, #320 Tucson, AZ 85718 USA. Actually, this method is not recommended because it is slower compared to the first and the second method. However, it is still effective to get a response from Raz-Kids (Learning A-Z).