About Running Records
1 Students record themselves reading aloud Benchmark Passages or Benchmark Books (Levels aa-J) and send recordings to your Kids A-Z In Basket. You score their reading behavior on online running records.
2 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.
3 Students take a Comprehension Quick Check Quiz, and our software scores it. Skill Reports help you identify comprehension skills for additional practice.
Running Records are one part of a three-part process to place students in instructionally appropriate level texts and determine whether students are ready to move up a level.
How to Use Running Records
Use the three-part assessment process at the beginning of the school year to place students into appropriate texts, and use the process throughout the year to monitor students' progress. Use the schedule below to assign assessments as students complete self-paced assignments at each reading level.
- Assign a Benchmark Passage or Benchmark Book (Levels aa-J) that best approximates a student's reading level by clicking on the Assign button and selecting the student. A recorded retelling and comprehension quiz are automatically assigned for the book or passage you select.
- The next time a student logs into Kids A-Z, they will see the assessment they have been assigned.
- You listen and score the running record and retelling after a student submits the recordings to your Kids A-Z In Basket.
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 even more frequently than the Assessment Schedule suggests.
How to Score Running Records
Assessments like running records that require your interaction get delivered to your Kids A-Z In Basket.
Taking a running record takes practice. To learn more about running records in general read About Running Records on Reading A-Z. Information covered here is specific to our online running records.
- No Errors
The information gathered while doing an online running record is used to determine error, accuracy, and self-correction rates.
- While listening to the recording of your student, indicate a mistake by clicking the text at the point of an error and selecting the types of error from the menu.
- You can select more than one error by clicking on the word again and indicating a second error.
The recording will pause while you are selecting an error type. Once an error is selected 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
Scorecard formulas are automatically calculated based on recording length and errors you have marked.
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
Words Per Minute
60 / (recording time) * (total words)
Words Correct Per Minute
60 / (recording time) * (total words correct)
Place and Move Up Students
Use the chart below along with the information in the Assessment Report to determine if students are ready to move up a level. To move a student up levels in Raz-Kids, select the appropriate level from the student's Kids A-Z profile page to create a new self-paced assignment at the student's developmentally appropriate 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
Views differ as to whether students should be assessed using text they have never read or familiar text. We believe using a previously unread text will give a more accurate measure of a student's ability to read and comprehend text at the assessed level.
How Do I Reward Students' Reading Progress?
Reward your students' progress with Incentives in the interactive Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Students earn stars for completing assessments and other activity on the site. You can award bonus stars after scoring assessments. Students spend earned stars to personalize their avatar in the Avatar Builder and their Raz Rocket.