How to effectively assess a child´s book reading level?
By Søren Jegindø

When we sit down to read a book, we are most likely reading for the simple enjoyment and as a habit of it. That’s what we want to encourage children to do, too! We want them to enjoy what they read and inculcate the habit of reading in them.

Assessing the book reading level of a child helps to consider the different factors that allow them to enjoy the books they read. Does it tie into their interests, and is it at an appropriate reading level? So you can ensure that they are reading books that are right for them!

Here are 7 tips on how to effectively assess a child’s book reading level.

1- Make them read aloud and evaluate their reading.
2- Do a Vocabulary check. Ask them about the words they find difficult while reading.
3- Do a Comprehension check. What did they find challenging? Ask them about the character they just read or ask them to narrate the summary.
4- Get students recommended books.
5- Interrogate the reason for certain answers in the reading task.
6- Note the time students spend on tasks during free reading.
7- Make student portfolios of reading activities or make progress indicators.

Assessment of reading proficiency is an important aspect as it is a way to understand students’ overall reading abilities. It also helps in determining if students are appropriately prepared for further learning and educational advancement.

Søren Jegindø
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Søren Jegindø has significant operational and managerial experience from Key Positions in Europe, East Africa, and South Africa. He, also, had stints at leading Danish companies. He possesses great adaptability, lots of transferrable skills, and a drive to keep learning. He has taken his career across multiple sectors with different responsibilities.

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