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About Book Levels

There are many systems for leveling books. The most common is probably the Fountas & Pinnell letter system, which is widely used for leveled books in guided reading, a program developed by these authors. The level we use most at school is the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) level, which corresponds to a reader's developmental stage (rather than their age or grade level). If you are in Read 180, the Lexile system is used, which measures text difficulty based only on word and sentence complexity, while the other systems consider comprehension and appropriate content. All systems can be linked to the grade level expectations for reading, which is the "Grade Level Equivalent" of a book. The grade level of a book is expressed as a decimal, the first digit (ones place) is the grade level and the second (the tenths place) is the month of the school year. For example, if the grade level of a book is 4.3, that means it's a book that would be good for a reader reading at the same level as a fourth grader in her/his 3rd month of school.

Reading Level Correlation Chart
Use this chart to switch between book leveling systems. Most probably, you will find a Grade Level Equivalent and then you'll have to convert to DRA and Fountas & Pinnell, which is what we use in school.

Book Leveling Sites:

AR Book Find (START HERE!)
Scholastic Book Wizard (If AR doesn't have the book, try here)
Lexile (Last chance...)