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Leveling Resource Guide

Match students with the right material at the right time.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Use this guide to select motivating books that will realistically meet the instructional needs of all of your readers at any level. 

Guided Reading Levels
Leveling criteria developed and introduced to educators by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell through their books Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children (Heinemann, 1996), Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6 (Heinemann, 2001), plus others.

DRA Levels
(Developmental Reading Assessment)
Leveling criteria developed and introduced to educators by Joetta Beaver through her various assessment tools such as DRA Developmental Reading Assessment K-3 Teacher Resource Guide (Celebration Press, 2001), plus others.

Lexile® Measures
A leveling criteria developed and introduced by MetaMetrics, Inc.
Books are assigned Lexile levels by the company using their proprietary leveling system. Students are tested with proprietary tests to determine the Lexile level at which they are reading.

Help every child become a successful reader by matching
EACH STUDENT with the RIGHT MATERIAL at the RIGHT TIME!
    Scholastic Guided
Reading Level
  DRA Level   Lexile® Level
Kindergarten   A   A–2   200L–400L
B 1–2
C 3
D 4
First Grade   A   A–2   200L–400L
B 1–2
C 3
D 4
E 6–8
F 10
G 12
H 14
I 16
Second Grade   E   6–8   300L–600L
F 10
G 12
H 14
I 16
J 18-20
K 18-20
L 24–28
M 24–28
N 30
Third Grade   J   18–20   500L–800L
K 18–20
L 24–28
M 24–28
N 30
O 34–38
P 34–38
Q 40
Fourth Grade   M   24–28   600L–900L
N 30
O 34–38
P 34–38
Q 40
R 40
S 44/50
T 44/50
Fifth Grade   Q   40   700L–1000L
R 40
S 44/50
T 40/50
U 44/50
V 44/50
Sixth Grade   T   44/50   800L–1050L
U 44/50
V 44/50
W 60
X 60
Y 60
Z 70–80

 

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  • Subjects:
    Guided Reading, Leveled Reading, Reading Assessment
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