Running Records Made Easy…There’s apps for that!!

Great Literacy teachers use running records as ongoing formative assessment to determine students’ reading strengths and areas that need more instruction.  This will also give you a way to level students correctly and know when it is time for them to move up in levels.

Here is a comprehensive guide to running records.

Now thanks to modern technology apps have made running records a breeze!!

First up, for $1.99…(there is a free version that does not allow audio playback or emailing files)  With this app you can email the student’s oral reading record to yourself and create portfolios for students to demonstrate their oral reading growth throughout the year!!  LOVE!!


This App combines all the standard running record calculator and stopwatch functions with the convenience of audio recording playback. Flagging lets you quickly refer back to the audio of difficult sections of the reading for more accurate scoring.  With the push of a button, you will be able to see students’ reading rate, percentage of accuracy, and self-correction ratio. Running Records Calculator is designed to be used by any teacher who assesses students using running records.

Here is how easy it is to use:

1. Press START as the student begins oral reading.
2. Tap FLAG Recording to mark any audio you wish to refer back to after the reading.
3. Tap ∎∎ to pause for interruptions.
4. Press DONE when the reading is complete, then proceed as follows:
5. Press #Words and enter the number of words read.
6. Press #Errors and enter the number of Errors.
7. Press #SC and enter the number of Self-Corrections.

As you enter this data, the scores will be automatically calculated and displayed on your screen. You may re-enter any of the data at any time and refer to the audio playback as you wish.

Audio Playback

Once you have finished the oral reading with the student, you will be able to playback the entire reading session. Use the >> and << buttons to move from flag to flag in your recording. You will see a blue bar at the top of the display that represents the recording timeline. Black vertical lines over this bar represent flags in the recording. You can touch and drag the playhead along this bar to any time in the recording and press PLAY for playback.

Share Recording and Scores

After you have entered the number of words, errors, and self-corrects, press the share button to send yourself, administrator, reading specialist, or parents a report of the running record. The report includes an attachment of the audio recording as well as the individual scores for that assessment. Feel free to edit the body of the email, enter the student name, leave notes on progress, add the comprehension score, etc.

Next up, a free app that eliminates the needs for copies of running record forms!!  Grab your iPad & stylist and go!  LOVE LOVE!!!


This app provides embedded formulas for the accuracy and self-correction rate (no need for calculators!).  But, of course, the teacher does all the coding and analysis.  Once the running record is complete, it can be saved in a file or emailed.  In addition, the app records the student’s voice while the teacher simultaneously takes the record.  When replaying the running record, the oral reading and record are synced. 

Happy running recording!!



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