Using Reading Level Correlation Charts

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Reading level correlation charts can help you pick out the books that would best suit your students. Find out how to use these charts with the information in this article.

What's on a Reading Level Correlation Chart?

There isn't one reading level correlation chart used by everyone. Different organizations and even different school districts often set up their own charts. However, most places include the same general leveling systems on their charts. Let's go over these systems.

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)

This standardized test is administered by educators to evaluate the reading level of their students. This assessment breaks students down into emergent readers, early readers, transitional readers and extending readers. It uses a numeral system that goes from 1 to 44. This system generally is used only up to the fifth grade.

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Books (F & P)

This system is used by F & P Text Leveled books to classify different texts for guided reading. It allows teachers to easily pick books suitable to the reading level of their individual students. This system uses alphabetical designations covering A - Z. It typically covers kindergarten through 6th grade.

Reading Recovery

The Reading Recovery system is used by the Reading Recovery Council of North America. It's designed to help students who are having trouble absorbing reading and writing concepts. The system classifies readers on a numerical scale ranging from 1-20, and is usually only used up to 2nd grade.

S.T.A.R. Reading Assessments

S.T.A.R. assessments are used to quickly assess the literacy skills of students. They focus on a student's foundational skills, ability to read text, literature and language. This system is broken down into grades, with different assessment levels included at each grade.

Lexile System

The Lexile Framework helps teachers assess students and connect them with the texts that match their reading level. This program uses a numerical scale that goes from 25-1000. It focuses on students from 1st to 6th grade.

How Do I Use This Chart?

Most charts will set these systems up beside each other, illustrating how systems correlate to other leveling systems, and making it easy for you to find books appropriate for your student or students. These charts are a great way for you to make the most of these systems and to give your students the best chance to grow their literacy skills. Some interactive, online charts even allow users to shop for books by reading level, making it easy for educators to locate books immediately.

Literacy Tips

You can find additional information about encouraging literacy among your students with the lesson Literacy Strategies for Teachers. You can also check out this lesson for resources to support emergent literacy in your students. In addition, these lessons on teaching reading comprehension and reading fluency can help give you further support in your classroom.

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