About Running Records
The Running Records that accompany the Benchmark Passages and Benchmark Books (Levels aa-J) are one of three parts in the process designed to accurately assess students' reading behavior and comprehension. Working together, the three parts help identify the students' developmentally appropriate levels and teachers monitor progress through levels.
You can assign a digital version of a Benchmark Passage,
Benchmark Book (Levels aa-J) using the Assign button on the book's thumbnail or
landing page. Students record themselves reading aloud and send their recording to your Kids A-Z In Basket. Use the online running
records to score their reading behavior.
If you prefer, you can provide a printed version of the books. Sit one-on-one with students and listen as they read aloud. Use the printed Running Records to score their reading behavior.
Students record a retelling of the text and send it to your Kids A-Z In Basket, where you use online rubrics for fiction
and nonfiction texts to score their comprehension.
You can have students provide an oral retelling and use the printed Retelling Rubics to score them.
Students take a Comprehension Quick Check Quiz, and our software scores it.
help you identify comprehension skills for additional practice.
You can provide students with a printed version of the Comprehension Quick Check Quiz and use the answer key to find their score.
The student data form performing printed assessments can be entered into the Kids A-Z Student Management area.
How to Use Running RecordsThe beginning of the school year is an opportune time to use this three-part assessment process. It will provide you with invaluable information on your students' reading abilities and help you place them in appropriate levels. Continue to use the process at regular intervals (such as those provided in the chart below) to monitor students' progress throughout the year.
Digital Running Records
- Assign a Benchmark Passage, Benchmark Book (Levels aa-J), or Spanish Benchmark Passage (Pasajes estándar) that best approximates a student's reading level. A recorded retelling and Comprehension Quick Check Quiz are automatically assigned for the passage or book you select.
- The next time a student logs into Kids A-Z, they will see the assessment they have been assigned.
- Listen and score the running record and retelling after a student submits the recordings to your Kids A-Z In Basket. The quiz is automatically scored.
Printed Running Records
- Each Benchmark Passage, Benchmark Book (Levels aa-J), and Spanish Benchmark Passage (Pasajes estándar) comes with a customized printable Running Record.
- Use a blank English Running Record or a
blank Spanish Running Record
running records on text other than those provided.
Note Students can be assigned only one assessment at a time.
|Developmental Level||Reading Level||Schedule|
|Beginning Readers||Levels aa-C||every 2 to 4 weeks|
|Developing Readers||Levels D-J||every 4 to 6 weeks|
|Effective Readers||Levels K-P||every 6 to 8 weeks|
|Automatic Readers||Levels Q-Z||every 8 to 10 weeks|
Note Students who are not progressing at the expected rate should be assessed more frequently than the Assessment Schedule suggests.
How to Score Running Records
Administering a running record takes practice. To learn more about how to administer, mark, and score printed running records, click on the links below.
Marking a Running Record
Scoring and Analyzing a Running Record
When scoring an online running record, the information is used to determine error, accuracy, and self-correction rates.
- Listen to the student's recording. To mark an error, click on the word where the mistake occurred and select the type of error from the menu that appears.
- No Errors
- If there is more than one error, simply click on the word again and selct the additional mistake.
While you are indicating the type of error, the recording will pause. After a selection is made, the recording will resume at a point slightly before the error.
Scoring Tip 1
Change the Start Word and End Word of the section of text you'd like to assess by grabbing the box border and dragging it to the desired word.
Scoring Tip 2
Ensure the Words Per Minute and Words Correct Per Minute are accurate by adjusting the start and end time of the recording. Click and drag the green or red arrow in the recording timeline to eliminate a pause when the student begins reading or cut a recording short.
The Running Record Scorecard
The online tool uses the length of the recording and the selected errors to automatically calculate the scorecard.
Expressed as a ratio using the following formula:
total words / total errors
For example, 1:12 means that for every error made, the student reads approximately 12 words correctly.
Expressed as a ratio using the following formula:
(total errors + total self-corrections) / total self-corrections
For example, 1:4 means that the student corrects approximately 1 out of every 4 errors. A rate of 1:4 or less indicates that the student is self-monitoring his or her reading.
Expressed as a percentage using the following formula:
(total words - total errors) / total words * 100
60 / (recording time) * (total words)
60 / (recording time) * (total words correct)
Place and Move Up Students
Using the information gathered from the online Running Record and the Assessment Report, you can measure students' progress and decide their appropriate level. The chart below provides guidelines on when to move a student up or down a level. You can easily change a student's level in the Kids A-Z student profile page, which will automatically move them into the Level Up! self-paced assignment for that level.
|Running Record Accuracy Rate||Quick Check Comprehension Quiz||Action|
|95% +||100%||Advance Student a Level|
|95% +||80%||Instruct at this Level|
|95% +||<80%||Lower a Level, Assess Again|
|90-94%||80-100%||Instruct at this Level|
|90-94%||<80%||Lower a Level, Assess Again|
|<90%*||N/A||Lower a Level, Assess Again|
* Some teachers may choose to instruct students at a level in which they have scored lower than 90 percent, but generally will not instruct using texts in which students score below 85 percent.
How to Choose an Assessment Text
While we suggest that students should be assessed using cold reads (texts they have never seen before) to provide a more accurate measure of ability, some may prefer to use familiar texts. If you do prefer familiar texts, you can use another book or passage on a similar topic.
How Do I Reward Students' Reading Progress?
Kids A-Z has robust incentives to encourage students to read. By finishing assessments, completing books and quizzes, and doing other tasks, students earn stars that they can spend to personalize their robot in the Robot Builder and their Raz Rocket. You can also award bonus stars after scoring assessments or any time you feel it is merited.