Are your kids reading at grade level? Are there any gaps in their phonics or comprehension? Since learning to read is a long and complex process, some students hit college only to discover their skills aren’t where they should be.

How do you know if your children are on track? Our grade-by-grade guidelines give you all the details you need to assess their aptitude:

Phonic fun: Kindergartners link letters to sounds and master their first sight words.

Breakin’ it down: First graders learn new ways to sound out words and decode their meanings.

What’s the story? Second graders tackle short chapter books and basic research projects.

Tool for exploration: Third graders make the switch from learning to read to reading to learn.

Testing, testing: Fourth graders prepare for state exams by reading passages and answering questions.

Analyze this! Fifth graders learn to identify themes, make inferences, and draw conclusions.