Give each student an award when he/she "tests out" of a reading level and is ready to level up!
My firsties can't wait until their "D" books become "E" books and "E" books become "F" books and on and on, so I created these half page certificates to reward their achievement. Plus, the rewards communicate to parents what level there student is currently reading. I included this line at the bottom of each certificate: NOTE: The end-of-year benchmark for grade ___ is Level ___. In my district the benchmark for grade 1 is Level 16, but districts vary so I made it fill-in-the-blank.
Black & white and color options for each certificate
Certificates for guided reading levels A-N
Certificates for DRA levels 4-28