Dear Using Different Levels,
No: After initial assessment, you will place students into individual levels that match their current skills, allowing them to become confident writers at their level. Your 4th grade class, for example, may have students working in three different levels. Yet, because they are starting at an appropriate level based on assessment, they will experience success and be motivated to get to the next level.
Depending on the student (including special needs), level achievement could take a few months to a year. Time in a level will depend on the number and length of lessons per week. Daily instruction for 45 minutes will provide faster learning than instruction delivered 3 times per week for 20 minutes. Once students have accomplished independence (Stage 6), teachers can move to a new genre or a higher level of difficulty in current genre.
It is important to note that teachers will help students set goals for each level and celebrate their accomplishments. This motivation is crucial to SRSD success and their sample writing should see significant improvement from this SRSD process.
Dr. Sandra Jones is SRSD Online's Chief Academic Officer. Sandy has developed and deployed whole school literacy reform, been Lead professional development for Massachusetts Reading First; Educator for 40 years: teacher, principal, dean. Creator of the first SRSD teacher training courses. Sandy has extensive teacher training experience. Ask her your SRSD training or implementation questions.