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Tracking Our Reading Data Throughout the Year!

Happy Saturday! It's Susan here from Thank God it's First Grade (TGIF)!

We are three weeks in and my data binder is well under way.

Our benchmark and QPS scores are finished and are being used to create groups for guided reading as we speak. Hopefully, I can start some groups next week!

I know a lot of older grades have students tracking their own data throughout the year, but I wanted to share how I have my little first graders track their growth throughout the year:
At the beginning of the year, I test each student and assess their reading (we use F&P levles not DRA). After reading with each child, I have them color in the bar graph based on their reading level. This little guy is starting off the year at an E!

We talk about what that means, what level books he should be reading and I explain that by the end of the year, his goal is to reach a level I in reading. Hence the star:

I file each of these at the front of each students tab in my data binder. Behind their graph, I keep any running records, guided reading notes, and benchmarking sheets that I complete with the student throughout the year.

As the year progresses and I check in with each student, I will have them graph their own growth as a fun way to see how much they are learning! It allows my little first graders to take ownership of their learning and they really do get a BIG ole smile on their face when they go up a level or two!

I know some schools use the DRA so I made that progress chart as well and they are available for FREE by clicking the image below.

Happy data tracking!


  1. This is a wonderful way to help motivate kids! Who doesn't want to see their bar graph grow?? :) I always love a peek into your classroom, Susan. Thanks for the freebie!
    Catherine in Vegas

  2. Thanks! I love that you put the star on their goal! I'm starting guided reading next week and this will be the first thing we do in group.
    Rambling About Reading

  3. I like the star over the I! It's a great visual goal for them!

  4. Great idea! Love how they are taking ownership of their reading and learning!

  5. Absolutely LOVE this!! How awesome!
    Thank you, sweet friend!!!
    Growing Firsties

  6. My kids always get excited when they go to the next reading level or go up by a few. This will make it even more exciting. Thanks for the freebie :)
    Early Years with Sheri