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LEVELS GRID

Level

Reading
Age

Grade

Color
Wheel

Reading
Recovery

Fountas & Pinnell

DRA

Broadband

Book
Band

Fluency

1

4-5

Kindergarten
Grade 0

Magenta

1

A

A - 1

A

1

Early
Emergent

2

4-5

Kindergarten
Grade 0

Magenta

2

B

2

A

1

Early
Emergent

3

4-5

Kindergarten
Grade 0

Red

3

C

4

B

2

Emergent

4

4-5

Kindergarten
Grade 0

Red

4

C

4

B

2

Emergent

5

5

Kindergarten
Grade 0

Red

5

D

6

B

2

Early

6

5

Kindergarten
Grade 1

Yellow

6

D

6

C

3

Early

7

5

Kindergarten
Grade 1

Yellow

7

E

8

C

3

Early

8

6

Grade 1

Yellow

8

E

8

C

3

Early

9

6

Grade 1

Blue

9

F

10

D

4

Early

10

6

Grade 1

Blue

10

F

10

D

4

Early

11

6

Grade 1

Blue

11

G

12

D

4

Early

12

6

Grade 1

Green

12

G

12

E

5

Early

13

6

Grade 1

Green

13

H

14

E

5

Early

14

6

Grade 1

Green

14

H

14

E

5

Early

15

6

Grade 1

Orange

15

I

16

F

6

Fluent

16

7

Grade 1/2

Orange

16

I

18

F

6

Fluent

17

7

Grade 1/2

Turquoise

17

I

18

F

7

Fluent

18

7

Grade 2

Turquoise

18

J

20

G

7

Fluent

19/20

8

Grade 2

Purple

19/20

J/K

20

G

8

Fluent

21/22

8

Grade 2

Gold

 

K/L

20/28

H

9

Fluent

23/24

8

Grade 2/3

Silver

 

L/M

28

H/I

10

Fluent

25/26

9/10

-

Maroon

 

-

-

-

-

Fluent

27/28

9/10

-

Brown

 

-

-

-

-

Fluent

29/30

9/10

-

Navy

 

-

-

-

-

Fluent


Publishers use many different ways to level their books. Many use computer-generated formulas. Others use a particular set of criteria such as total number of words, number of sentences per page, number of words per sentence, number of syllables per word. Some benchmark their books against an existing program. Others analyze existing books and extrapolate salient features to group such books together and assign levels.

When writing and leveling books, Iversen Publishing takes into account many aspects of the reading process and the skills and strategies required by developing readers.

These include:

  • alphabetic and phonemic skills and strategies
  • comprehension skills and strategies
  • fluency skills
  • vocabulary and concept loading
  • introduction of high-frequency words
  • language structure in the text
  • length of the text and the sentences within the text
  • photo and illustrative support
  • inclusion of charts, maps and diagrams to foster understanding


However, no method of leveling is infallible because there is no blueprint to assigning any book to any level. This is particularly evident among computer-generated programs. If you run the same passage of text through two different computer programs, they will more than likely throw up different readability levels. Likewise, if you give the same book to a group of teachers to level, the results can be very diverse.
In effect, levels can never be more than a guide and can never replace a teachers knowledge of what students can do and what they need to learn to do next.

The chart above is a compilation of the most popular leveling systems currently used.

 

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