The instructional level is the level of text used during guided reading. At this level, the student will
need support of the teacher to successfully read the text. The particular needs of the four to six
students in the small group are addressed during this guided reading time using instructional level text.
This is also your child’s DRA level.
The independent level is the level of text that the student can read and comprehend without support.
This level is always lower than the instructional level. This is the level of text you should be encouraging
your child to read at home.
The frustration level includes text that is too difficult for the student to read independently or with
Listening Comprehension Level:
The listening comprehension level is the level of text that a child can listen to and comprehend. This
level is usually higher than the independent reading level. This would be a great level of text to read
aloud and discuss to your child.
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