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Levels have a critical role in the hands of teachers who understand their complexity and use them to make good decisions in instruction. But levels are complicated! Parents don’t have the training that teachers have in understanding reading levels, so assigning their child a letter as a way to communicate their reading progress can cause misconceptions and misunderstandings.

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Most of you are done with school for the summer but Meli has been hard at work answering letters! This month, we have letters from a group of second graders from Northview Primary School in Findlay, OH.

Q: I am in second grade, my name is Ashlee. I am from Findlay, Ohio. I am wondering how the surgery went. I am hoping you...Read more »



Guided reading is the ONLY instructional context in which you would use leveled texts.

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