What is my child’s current reading age?

A Reading Age is a commonly used mode of tracking your child’s reading ability. It is understood amongst teachers that a Reading Age of 9.0 means that your child can read at the level of an average nine year old.

However, it is vital to remember that in reality, there is no such thing as an average child. Every child’s reading ability moves at a different pace, and comparing your children to your neighbour’s kids, or even to their siblings, is a pointless comparison to make! If your child is progressing slightly more slowly than their peers, don’t immediately panic. However, if it continues, don’t hesitate to ask their teacher whether they are eligible for additional support.

Another way of measuring reading ability is the Accelerated Reader scheme. Used in many schools, the scheme consists of giving children comprehension quizzes when they finish books, and from their scores, generating an AR level for your child. If you want to know more about this, ask your child’s teacher.

Or take a look at our section on Accelerated Reader.