Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
Along with school districts across the country, North Merrick uses the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)™ in kindergarten through third grade. This English Language Arts assessment is an extremely useful tool because it provides our teachers with a wealth of information about how each of our students is developing as a reader. After administering the DRA, the teacher knows the Independent Reading Level of each student in the class, as well as her/his strengths. It also provides valuable informationfor the teacheron how to improve each child's development as a reader.
Parents are informed about their child's Independent Reading Level on the report card in the fall and in the spring. The flyers below describe the range of typical reading levels for each grade. The flyers contain helpful suggestions on how parents can help their child improve as a reader.