Once a student has been enrolled in Read Live and assigned a license for Read Naturally Live, you must place the student. Read Naturally Live includes a built-in placement test that automates the process of determining what instructional level, reading-rate goal, and curriculum type are appropriate for a student. The placement test's recommendations are only guidelines. You should select the series, level, and goal best suited for each student.
Proper placement is critical to student success. The student should be challenged, but not frustrated, by the level of text difficulty. The student should be able to reach the goal—not easily, but with effort. This ongoing “tension” (reading challenging material and working toward a goal that requires effort) will maximize the student’s achievement.
By using the Read Naturally Live built-in placement test and then checking initial placement after the student completes three to twelve stories, you can provide each student with a reading level and a goal that are just beyond the student’s comfort level. The student will not be frustrated, because the Read Naturally Strategy provides appropriate, flexible scaffolding as students complete the steps for each story.
The Read Naturally Live placement test passages are representative of each Read Naturally level, and a student's performance on one or more passages is used to determine the appropriate level for the student. Using any data other than a student’s fluency performance on Read Naturally placement passages may result in multiple trial and error attempts to discern the correct level and goal.
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