When I asked the teacher where DS was up to in reading (as I mentioned before, he has speech issues so we were on the look out for early signs of problems), she said he was doing fine. While she was lovely and polite- "fine" didn't give me any indication to how he's doing. I wanted figures, data, examples. I ended up ringing a teacher friend who told me that by the end of Kindergarten, they expect their kids to be at level such and such, and from this- I noted down what level he was at. This was evidence to me that he was within range of being where he should be.
Another friend of mine got the same answer and found out the next year, he was well below average and has had a terrible time catching up.
My teacher friend told me teachers don't like giving out reading level information as they don't like parents to pressure kids. I understand that completely, but the information is for me and not DS to know, and its the only way I can determine if he needs additional help.