The In-Book Assessment provides teachers with a method for assessing a students' reading level using their independent reading book.
In addition to assessing reading levels, teachers are often looking for tools to help with assessing the proficiency at which students are using their reading skills. These types of assessments can become the basis of both curriculum planning and planning individual conferences. We are offering a couple samples of how a comprehension proficiency assessment might go.
We recommend that schools establish and implement policies so that each student in the school (grades 2-8) maintains a daily record of the books he or she reads in school and at home. These logs are not places for responses to reading, nor do students write book summaries in them. They are simply records of time spent reading and volume of reading accomplished. After a few weeks, we suggest you encourage students to study their own reading logs in order to articulate their reading habits. The logs provide an irreplaceable window into students' reading lives.