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Leveled readers or "little books" are used in guided reading. Books are given a level which corresponds to developmental reading stage. Students should be able to read a book at their level before moving up to the next level. Running records and benchmark books are used to assess a student's reading level. For more information on guided reading visit Guided Reading Programs.
There are many different leveling systems and individual books are not always leveled accurately. Below is a table which correlates the different leveling systems. Use this as a guide only. For accurate leveling, or for trade books without a level, learn how to level books yourself.

Levels Correlation Table

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Stage Grade Fountas & Pinnell Reading Recovery DRA Reading
a-z
Wright
Group
Lexile
Early
Emergent
K A A, B, 1 A - 1 aa A 200-299
K A 1 A - 1 A A
K B 2 2 B B
K C 3 - 4 3-4 C C-D
Upper
Emergent
1 D 5-6 5-6 D E 200-400
1 E 7-8 7-8 E F
1 F 9-10 9-10 F G
1 G 11-12 11-12 G H
1 H 13-14 13-14 H I
1 I 15-16 15-16 I J
Early
Fluency
1 J 17-18 18-20 J K-L 300-500
2 K 19-20 24 K M
2 L 20 24 L N
Fluency 2 M 20 30 M O
2 N 20 30 N P 500-700
2 O 22 34 O Q
3 P 22 38 P R
3 Q 24 38 Q S 600-800
Proficiency 3 R 24 40 R T
3 S 26 40 S U
4 T 27 44 T V
4 U 28 44 U W 700-900
4 V 28 44 V X
5 W 27 50 W Y
5 Y 28 60 X Z 800-1000
6 V 30
Y
6
32-24
Z
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