As a teacher who uses Raz-Kids, you need to know how to use this platform including how to change the reading level of your students on Raz-Kids. If you want to change the reading level of your students on Raz-Kids, it is very easy and you are able to read the steps for doing it below.
The Steps to Change the Reading Level for Your Students
Kids A-Z Reading Room has a digital library of resources that can be read by students. The homepage is dynamic. So, students are easy to find relevant, high-interest content quickly.
As a teacher who uses Raz-Kids, you may want to change the Reading Room for students. How to do that? You can do that by choosing which reading levels and content categories students can view. For your information, by default, students have access to books three levels below and two levels above the Learning A-Z reading level where they are assigned. They also can access English and Spanish books. If you want to change the Reading Level for your students, here are the steps for doing it.
- First, you have to access your Classroom Roster. To access it, you have to choose Manage Students, and then choose Roster.
- Second, you must choose the Raz-Plus or Raz-Kids tab.
- The next thing that you have to do is to choose the individual student, group of students or the whole class.
- Then, under the Reading Room column, you have to choose the Edit icon and then choose Customize.
- You have to use the pop up window to customize the Reading Room experience for your students.
- Finally, you have to choose Save and Close to save your settings.
If you want to give students access to a range of levels dependent on their individual assigned level, you can do that by using the drop down menus to choose the number of levels that you want students to have access to above and below their current assigned reading level. It will implement to all students in the classroom regardless of their assigned. Also, it will adjust automatically when they progress through the program.
Level Correlation Chart in Raz-Kids
In this level correlation chart, it illustrates how learning A-Z levels correlate to other levelling systems which are usually found in leveled reading materials. To measure complexity of the text, objective (quantitative) and subjective (qualitative) leveling criteria are used by the Learning A-Z Text Leveling System in English and Spanish. As the teacher, you should use your professional judgment of additional qualitative criteria with reader and task considerations. It is done to determine if an individual book at given level is suitable for a student.
|Learning A-Z Text Leveling System||Grade||Ages||Lexile|
|aa||K||4 – 6||BR70L-10L|
|A||K||4 – 6||BR70L-10L|
|B||K||4 – 6||BR40L-160L|
|C||K||4 – 6||BR40L – 160L|
|D||1||4 – 7||160L – 310L|
|E||1||6 – 7||160L-310L|
|F||1||6 – 7||300L-450L|
|G||1||6 – 7||300L-450L|
|H||1||6 – 7||430L-530L|
|I||1||6 – 7||430L-530L|
|J||1||6 – 8||430L-530L|
|K||2||7 – 8||510L-620L|
|L||2||7 – 8||510L-620L|
|M||2||7 – 8||530L-810L|
|N||2||7 – 8||530L-810L|
|O||2||7 – 8||600L-850L|
|P||2||7 – 8||600L-850L|
|Q||3||7 – 9||660L-930L|
|R||3||8 – 9||660L-930L|
|S||3||8 – 9||790L-940L|
|T||3||8 – 9||790L-940L|
|U||4||8 – 11||820L-1030L|
|V||4||9 – 11||820L-1030L|
|W||4||9 – 11||820L-1030L|
|X||5||9 – 11||890L-1080L|
|Y||5||9 – 11||890L-1080L|
|Z||5||9 – 11||890L-1080L|
|Z1||5+||9 – 11+||920L-1120L|
|Z2||5+||9 – 11+||920L-1120L|
What Are the Criteria for Leveling Learning A-Z Books?
In Raz-Kids, the books which will be read by the students have measured so that it can be suitable for the students based on their level. According to the official website of Raz-Kids, here are the criteria for leveling learning A-Z books.
- The number of different words
- Word count
- The ratio of different words to total words
- The number of high-frequency words
- The ratio of high-frequency words to total words
- The number of low-frequency words to total words
- The ratio of low-frequency words to total words
- Sentence length
- Sentence complexity
- The pattern and repetition of language
- The size of print, spacing and number of words per page.
- Illustration support
- Concept load
- Topic familiarity
Monitoring the Reading Progress of Students
To monitor the reading progress of the students, you are able to do that by using Benchmark Passages or Benchmark Books (Levels aa-JJ) and also their associated resources. What are Benchmark Passages? They are short text selections that are one part of a three-part process to help put students at their instructional levels for leveled reading sessions and also to assess their readiness to move to the next level. Benchmark Books are one part of a three-part process to be able to help assess the instructional level of students for leveled reading sessions and their readiness to move to the next level.
The Schedule of Assessment
In the list below, you are able to see the schedule of assessment in Raz Kids.
- Development Level: Early Emergent readers
Reading Level: Levels 11-C
Schedule: every 2 to 4 weeks
- Development Level: Emergent readers
Reading Level: Levels D-J
Schedule: every 4 to 6 weeks
- Development Level: Early fluent readers
Reading Level: Levels K-P
Schedule: every 6 to 8 weeks
- Development Level: Fluent readers
Reading Level: Levels Q-Z
Schedule: every 8 to 10 weeks
It is important to note that students who are not moving at the rate which is expected should be assessed even more frequently than the Assessment Schedule suggests.
If you want to get more information about Raz-Kids, you are able to access the official website of Raz-Kids. There are also some video tutorials that you are able to find on Youtube about how to use this platform.