2nd grade reading levels

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  1. lou reed

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    I'm teaching 2nd next year, and was wondering if anyone could tell me what's considered on level by term? I know the scope of the year is (fountas and pinnell) J-O, but I'm having a hard time finding goals by three grading periods. Thank you!
     
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    Here are the DRA Benchmarks and I matched them up with GR levels:

    Beginning 18 J

    Mid Year 24 L

    End 28 M
     
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    I'm also wondering what levels the kids should be at each quarter. I should ask my team though.
    Q1: October (I assume this would be 20/K)
    Q2: January (which is mid year, so 24/L)
    Q3: March (would this still be 24? or would you consider 24-28 meeting the benchmark?)
    Q4: May (which is end of year, so 28/M)
     
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    I also find it interesting that all my first grade parents freak out when their kid can't read Junie B. Jones..... when Junie B. Jones is level M, which is END OF SECOND GRADE!

    Okay I'm done now. :)
     
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    October should probably be 18 rather than 20 -- kids go down often go down a level after the summer break. Also remember that quarter 4 for 1st grade would be 18, not 20, and kids don't tend to go up a level over the summer (unless they are in a reading program or very active readers -- in which case they would be reading above an 18 or 20 to start with.)

    That would give you:
    Q1 18
    Q2 20
    Q3 24
    Q4 28
     
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    The way my school sets the reading benchmarks is:

    Beginning of 2nd grade: Level J
    Middle of 2nd grade: Level L
    End of 2nd grade: Level M

    But suprisingly, most of our 2nd graders surpass these expectations. I had 6 leave 2nd grade reading just below benchmark out of 21 but I had about 4 out of 21 students leave 2nd grade reading just above grade level (Level M-N) and 11 students leave reading WAY above grade level (Level P-Q) !!! They really worked hard on thier reading strategy and skills!!!
     
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    I'm basing the beginning/middle/end on what we do in our district. I taught first grade last year, and the benchmark at the end of first grade was 16. They expect that the second graders will come into the school year (August/September) at an 18. I agree - usually they go down a level! But that's what they expect!

    Usually our beginning of the year testing is the end of August, mid year is the end of January, and end of year the end of April. The grading periods end in October, December (I thought it was January but actually the grading period ends in December and we do report cards in Jan), March, and May.
     
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    Thank you for all the replies.

    Do 2nd graders typically need to meet one single level at each reporting period? With my first graders is was d-f 1st period, f-h 2nd, h-i 3rd.
     
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    What do you typically use to see which level the students are at? Is there a good (and maybe cheap!) book that you use? I would like to start something like that next year.
     
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    Our district uses the DRA, and we have to count it as 60% of their reading grade! So I guess you can say our district uses it pretty heavily.
     
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    This is my frist year, I've been using materials the reading specialist gave me, which go off the district's grading guidelines. As far as I know, it's not part of any published series.

    I'm nervous because I'm going from 1st grade at a large public school to the only 2nd grade teacher at a small Catholic school, and I don't know where to find some of these resources on my own.
     
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    We use the DRA also. There is no requirement for how much weight it should carry on their grade. But I put it in there worth a lot of points. I feel that if a kid isn't reading at grade level, then he shouldn't have an S.
     

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