How do you tell students they are reading WAY below grade level while being realistic, but also not making them feel bad? I teach reading intervention for 6th and 7th grade and most of the students were surprised they were in my class. With the F&P Benchmark Assessments, they're all about levels R-S. When they took a pretty accurate computer test with a lot of inferencing and vocab, many scored at the 2nd-3rd grade reading level. Many of them think they don't need my class, and think it's wrong they're in my class. I share with them their scores honestly (privately too) but I also don't want them to think its "over" and ruin their self-esteem because they're reading at a third grade reading level in 7th grade. I explain to them that reading is something that can always improve with practice and just because it's low now, it doesnt always mean it will be low. is there a good way to explain to them without making them feel bad? It's like they never knew they weren't comprehending and still don't believe it. I don't dwell on this at all as a class and just work to move forward and motivate them; I want them to feel like they're in a regular class. I think they feel bad they're in my class and may be are secretly embarrassed and that's why some try to act out. Being distracting and pretending I'm too cool to do any thinking is better than showing my class I can't read well. They all like to say they don't need my class.