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Read Naturally Live: Placing students using the Student module


Read Naturally Live includes a built-in placement test that guides you through the process of determining which instructional level, reading-rate goal, and curriculum type are appropriate for a student.

Adobe Flash is currently required for conducting placement within the Staff Member module. However, placement can be conducted without using Flash directly from the Student module. To place a student without enabling Flash, follow these steps:

  1. On the Read Live home page (, click Student, and ask the student to log in.
  2. If the student has not already been assigned a series, level, and goal, the software will display a "Placement Required" message.
  3. Click the yellow Conduct Placement button in the page header and enter your teacher User ID and Password.
  4. Estimate the level at which the student is currently reading and select (click/tap) that level in the Placement Testing Level column. You can base this estimate on benchmark assessment results, other test results, or your own knowledge and experience regarding the student.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Explain to the student how the placement process will work. Conduct a one-minute timing by performing these steps:
    1. Read the title of the story to the student.
    2. Tell the student to click Start Timing when he or she is ready to begin reading.
    3. As the student reads, count his or her errors.
    4. If the bell sounds, tell the student to click the last word read. If the student finishes the story before the bell sounds, tell the student to click Finished.
    5. Under Timing Results, enter the number of words the student missed.
    6. Click Next.
  7. Look at the student’s results and options. Then, select an option for how to proceed:
    • If recommended, click Stop testing. Then, select one of the recommended series/level/goal combinations and click Next.
    • If recommended, click Continue testing and click Next. On the Read Naturally Live Placement screen, repeat the steps for conducting a placement test using a different level.

Series, level, and goal can also be manually set within the Staff Member module. This procedure does not require Adobe Flash.

For more information about placing students:


Please let us know what questions you have so we can assist. For Technical Support, please call us or submit a software support request.

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