Why does my scholar’s reading level seem different than last year?
There is a difference between Independent level of reading and Instructional level for reading and learning. In previous years, teachers may have found scholars’ instructional reading levels higher because they were including the scholars ability with the support of an adult. Now, with IRLA, teachers are finding independent reading levels, which show what scholars can read and work with the text all by themselves. This may indicate a lower reading level than in the past.