Originally Posted by ChristaN
However, if you go to them and say, "this is what she is reading," it probably won't hold as much weight as a test that says she is reading at X lexile or something like that. Does the school administer SRI Lexile tests, MAPs tests (which usually give you a lexile range), or another other tests that would show what she is capable of reading?
this. It seems odd that she already goes to the school and you are trying to prove her reading level. They test all the kids on my DDs' school every quarter, and "showing progress" is part of their reading grade.
At what level does the school believe she reads?
Why do you think she reads on a 6th grade level?
Originally Posted by Heavenly
She loves zipping through easy books, like the fairy series and Magic Tree House, but she can finish one of those very quickly.
That's really normal for her current grade level, and her teacher sees that. Because she prefers reading books that are age and grade appropriate, I think it will make it difficult to prove that reading level is a reason for her to be jumped, regardless of how she scores on a test.
The reality is that as long we she enjoys short simple books with little text on each page, she's not really reading at a 6th grade level, even if she can test at 6th grade level for reading a paragraph.
Originally Posted by chrysgee
- Warroirs Series (I have some issues with these, but another child introduced her to them and she clearly loves them.)
- Poetry for Young People Series
If you succeed in bumping her, the books her *peers* are reading are going to change in ways that you most likely won't like.
Bright 4th graders where we live read Warriors, Gregor of the Underworld, Percy Jackson, etc. By 5th grade they are reading things like Twilight.
The content of reading selections chosen by lit teachers will also be emotionally appropriate for older kids. I can't see it being an issue in 4th or 5th grade, but by middle school and certainly in high school. High school classes here read things like Angela's Ashes and The Kite Runner. I'm not in a hurry for any of that, and wouldn't want my child reading them 2 years younger than their peers.
My 6th grade reads on a 12.9 reading level (according to tests given by her school), but she reads age appropriate books by her own choice. It's what feels right to her.