I am a little concerned about my grade five daughter's teachers nonchalant attitude towards reading set by the school. In year 4, at 9 years, she was tested on a level 13-15 years (this is in Qld) and was told by her then teacher that this was her level.
Her teacher this year has given all the students take home readers that are levels they were readeing in year 1. He gave my daughter a level 22. He told the parents not to be concerned about the level but just that their child is reading something at home. I question this logic. My daughter has only brought home 2 readers all year. She just doesn't bother, and why would you if it is that easy?
I like the school to set them home reading tasks because if I tell her she needs to read more she wont but if the teacher makes it part of her homework for the week she will. She is a B-A grade English student and I feel she really should be challenged more. Last year she was doing extension spelling and she always got 100%. This year she is only doing 10 words that are way to easy!
I'm wondering if teachers look at what is written on students previous reports or files to help them determine where they should be Re: readers, spelling etc? We are now almost half way through the year and he hasn't tested their reading ability yet. Is this normal?
I'm reluctant to question his authority as I have previously had a bad experience with a teacher a few years ago at the school and I don't want any more bad blood. Should I leave it or mention it via an email or at the mid year interview?
Thanks for your thoughts.