If your school district does not own or reliably use (at least 3 times a year) a reading level assessment, then you should assess your students’ reading level with the Gates-McGinitie (6-8) or ACT (9-12). If you feel confident that you will be able to analyze and share reading level growth at least 3 times a year with your school district’s reading level test, then you should use your school’s test.
Our region has purchased copies of the Gates-MacGinitie for the 2015-2016 school year. You should ask your TLD Coach or Sarah Franzen to pick up hard copies for you from the Cleveland TFA-Delta Office.
Below, you can access guidance and resources pertaining to Gates-McGinitie reading level growth:
- Gates-MacGinitie Teacher-Facing Growth Tracker
- IMPORTANT: Consult the beginning-of-year, middle-of-year, and end-of-year ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES for all grades to learn the following:
- Time constraints of the test
- Tips on administration
- If your school doesn’t have scan-tron, then you can make copies of this sample answer sheet, or just have your students write their answers on a blank sheet of paper.
- Here is an Investment PowerPoint, created by Andrew Stevens (’11, Leflore, MS), to help you invest your students in reading growth as measured by Gates.
- If many of your students score PHS (post-high school) reading levels, then you should convert their score to let them know precisely what reading level they are at. Here’s a spreadsheet to help you do this. Hooray!