Front Row's ELA program measures reading level based on students' ability to comprehend text as various complexity levels. We associate these levels with approximate grade levels.
When students take the ELA diagnostic, they read several passages at different reading levels and answer comprehension questions that span a variety of reading skills. A student's performance on the diagnostic helps estimate his or her reading level.
All of the articles in Front Row's ELA library are written at 4-6 different reading levels. Each article encompasses a range of reading levels. For example, the highest level of an article may be 10.9 while the lowest level of the article might be a 2.4. The article will be available at at least 3 other reading levels between the highest and lowest levels.
Every time a teacher assigns students comprehension questions and/or a writing prompt, the program automatically recommends the level of the article that is closest to each student's estimated reading level. That means that a teacher who wants to assign the Fossils article to an entire class may see an assignment page that displays a range of levels among his or her students.
As students read and answer comprehension questions correctly and respond to writing prompts thoroughly, their reading level increases. With successful completion of enough assignments, students' recommended reading levels can shift as well. The more students practice and complete assignments, the better the program will get at determining their reading comprehension level and growth over time. Just like Front Row's math practice program, the ELA portion of our program is adaptive as well!