I thought about just not doing it, but at 4th grade, he gets penalized, so that's not an option that would work for him.
I talked with the teacher briefly about it today, and apparently her main concern is that they are reading chapter books to do book reports. I told her about how much we read around here, and how hard it would be to keep track of how many pages in which book and for how long, and her answer was that she just wanted to make sure that a month didn't go by without any progress in a chapter book being made, and her calendar was her way of reviewing that.
So, I'm still not sure how to approach this. She wants the kids to do anywhere from 4-9 book reports each quarter! If you choose to do 4-5, you get a C, 6-7 you get a B, 8-9 you get an A. Seems weird to me, but I'll have ds1 pick his first chapter book and see how it goes.
Ds2's 1st grade teacher made reference to a reading chart, but I haven't seen one yet. However, she is moving him into the accelerated reading group since he has already been reading for 2 years, so we'll see if she still thinks it's necessary for him to fill one out.
There are a lot of things I appreciate about school, but this kind of stuff makes me crazy and definitely falls under the category of "why I would choose to homeschool." I don't know why a teacher can't take my word for it that it's not an issue. I'm an obviously involved, attentive, tuned in parent, and my kids are reading just fine.