How Does Reading Rate Impact Leveling?
By default, reading rate (words correct per minute) is not a major factor influencing students' levels on Literably. If a student reads at or below 7 wcpm, Literably will NOT level the student up, regardless of accuracy and comprehension. Otherwise, reading rate does not impact students' levels.
We have an optional feature, enabled for some customers, where reading rate is factored into leveling decisions. For users in those schools and districts, visit this chart to see how these rules are implemented. If you're interested in toggling this setting on your subscription in either direction, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are My Students Meeting Expectations for Reading Rate?
In the Score column, Literably color-codes your students' wcpm scores based on their risk level. These risk levels were determined internally based on Literably's national norms and data matching Literably reading rates to students' performance on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
Initially, Literably's reading rate scores were based on Hasbrouck and Tindal's 2017 norms (see page 8 of our technical manual). Since then, the reading rate scores have adjusted based on students reading actual Literably texts in Literably. Literably's criterion-reference cut scores below have been proven to predict student performance on the SBAC.
Important: that WCPM expectations increase linearly over the course of the school year between seasons. For example, the "exceeds expectations" cutoff for November 7 for a second-grader would be 65.
Note: A printable copy can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.
|Exceeds Expectations (4)||Very low risk of reading failure|
|Meets Expectations (3)||Low risk of reading failure|
|Approaches Expectations (2)||Some risk of reading failure|
|Does Not Meet Expectations (1)||High risk of reading failure|
|N.A.||Wcpm expectations are not relevant at this grade and time|
|September 1||January 15||June 1|
Note: Literably does not pause the clock when a student pauses or turns the page in the assessment. However, these grade-level norms were created to take into consideration the fact that Literably texts are paginated at the lower levels. As a result, Literably's wcpm norms have page turning "baked in."