Wabash Valley Education Center

PD Pop Plus: ~*'Is She on Grade Level?' Taking Another Look at Reading Levels (K-6) - Presented by Jan Hasbrouck

Parents, caregivers, and educators all want to know about students' reading levels. Parents typically want reassurance that their child is making adequate progress or, if not, what appropriate, purposeful interventions are being provided. Educators frequently use this kind of information to discuss students' placement in instructional programs and to determine their progress over time. Historically, the term 'grade level' has been the most well-understood terminology for these discussions. 'Your child is on grade level in reading.' 'This student is reading 2 grades above her level', etc. Since the mid-1990s students' reading level is often discussed in terms used by the widely implemented 'guided reading' programs where levels are reported as A-Z+ with bands of these 'gradient text levels' are assigned to grade level equivalents (e.g., Levels E-J are for grade 3). This session reviews the pros and cons of using 'grade level' or 'gradient level' to communicate a student's level of progress or proficiency in reading. Using terminology aligned with the concept of reading development over time (Chall's reading 'stages', Ehri's 'phases' and Kilpatrick's 'levels') will be suggested as a more valuable and justifiable way to have these important conversations, at least at the early stages of reading development. This PD Pop+ will be from 4:00-5:30 and the live virtual session will be recorded and shared with all registrants.



Jan Hasbrouck
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck is a researcher, educational consultant, and author. She was a reading specialist and literacy coach for 15 years before teaching at the university level. Her research in areas of reading fluency, reading assessment, instructional coaching, and English Learners has been published in numerous professional books and journals. She is the author and coauthor of several books including "Conquering Dyslexia", "Reading Fluency", "Student-Focused Coaching" and "Educators as Physicians", along with several assessment tools.


Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Location: Virtual

PGP Points Awarded: 1.5


Cost: $65/Service Center Member or $130/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This session is WVEC Title 3 and Title 4 Eligible

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below


Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 8/9/2023 11:45 AM EST

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