Parents like knowing exactly what is expected of their child within the year. And they LOVE seeing their child master goal after goal. I usually launch these at the first parent teacher conferences so I can explain it in person to them.
Here are the reading goals. These goals need to be practiced over and over, and you never really master a skill. You might be having wonderful connections in one book, but you have to keep working on that in your next book too.Once you master determine importance in one book, and move to a harder book, you may need to work on it again. Therefore, I do not require my students to put dates on the reading goals. They just need to show me their reading log each morning.
This system has worked extremely well for us. One student may be practicing multiplication at home, where another is working on exponents and fraction division. Each of them is right where they need to be. How much better does that sound than everyone doing the same thing?! MUCH.