Originally Posted by giraffe326
The problem I typically have is someone purposefully getting wrong answers so they will have a low reading level, and, in turn, a low point goal.
I make them redo it if that happens.
I don't think it is super-acurate, but it can give a ball park.
Our kids do the same thing! The teachers before me base their accepted books solely on the STAR test. By the time I get them, they are blowing the test on purpose! My only enrichment student this year scored a 4th grade level!
I don't find it very accurate either. There's no way, for example, that out of 18 5th graders, 17 of them are reading on a 12th grade level and yet can't pass the tests for the basal reader or complete comprehension stories successfully.
You can see progress if you test at the beginning and then the ending of the year, but I make sure to tell the parents to take the results with a grain of salt!