Leveled Reading: Overview and Resources for Public Libraries


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Prepared by Tracy McPeck for Prince William Public Library System. An overview of commonly used reading assessments in Virginia and resources for finding juvenile fiction by reading level.

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Leveled Reading: Overview and Resources for Public Libraries

  1. 1. Leveled Reading: Overview and Resources This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Prepared by Tracy McPeck for the Prince William Public Library System February 2013
  2. 2. Outline What is leveled reading? What are some commonly used reading assessments? How can the Scholastic Book Wizard help me find books for kids? What are some other leveled reading resources? Where can I find more information?
  3. 3. What is leveled reading? ―Leveled reading uses various assessment tools to determine how well your child reads, and then matches her to books that are challenging enough for her to make progress. Books are categorized into levels of difficulty, which is how a perfect match, based on ability, can be made. There are several leveled reading systems utilized in schools across the country. ― –Scholastic.com: Learn About Leveled Reading
  4. 4. Common Reading Assessments: Lexile The Lexile Project: Lexile measures rank students’ reading levels and the difficulty of a text. Scores correlate to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) reading assessments in grades 3 through 8 and are posted on students’ report cards. Lexile level (recommended reading level)= between -100 and +50 of Lexile score.  Example: If the Lexile score is 300, the Lexile level is 200- 350.MORE INFORMATION: HTTP://W WW.DOE.VIRGINIA.GOV/TESTING/SCORING/LEXILE/AT_HOM E/ HTTP://W WW.LEXILE.COM/
  5. 5. Common Reading Assessments: Accelerated Reader (AR)  Accelerated Reader (AR) is designed to monitor students’ independent reading practice.  Students choose books on their level and take a short quiz when finished.  Quiz results provide feedback, which is used to help teachers or librarians set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.  Reading levels are determined in one of three ways: by the Star Reading Test, a grade equivalent score from a standardized test, or by professional judgment. MORE INFORMATION: WWW.RENLEARN.COM/AR
  6. 6. Common Reading Assessments: Accelerated Reader (cont.)  Book levels: Are reported using the ATOS readability formula and represent the difficulty of a text.  Example: A book at ATOS level of 4.5 indicates the text could likely be read by a typical fourth grader in the fifth month of school.  Alternative ATOS levels:  ATOS 100: A 100-point scale similar to the Degrees of Reading Power scale.  ATOS 2000: A 2000-point scale similar to the Lexile scale. MORE INFORMATION: WWW.RENLEARN.COM/AR WWW.ARBOOKFIND.COM
  7. 7. Common Reading Assessments: Accelerated Reader (cont’d)  Finding Accelerated Reader books: Use ARbookfind.com.  Though the child is encouraged to choose his or her own books, recommendations by librarians and teachers take into account not only the level of the book, but also the interest level.
  8. 8. Common Reading Assessments: Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)  The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is an individually administered assessment of the reading capabilities of students grades K through 8.  The DRA test measure nine categories of reading behaviors and six types of errors.  The test involves the child reading a ―benchmark book‖—one considered standard for the grade—and retelling the story to the teacher.  After the test is scored, the child is assigned a numeric (or alphanumeric) DRA level from A1 through 80.  The higher the number, the greater the reading ability. MORE INFORMATION: HTTP://BIT.LY/152KKIT BIT.LY/W 0BTLR
  9. 9. Common Reading Assessments: Guided Reading  Guided Reading is an instructional approach for grades K through 6 in which teachers work with small groups of students that demonstrate similar reading behaviors.  Guided Reading Levels (GRL) run from A to Z, with A being the easiest.  GRLs are assessed at the beginning of the school year using a benchmark book and one-on-one assessment with the teacher, similar to DRA.
  10. 10. Summary of reading levels Reading Assessment Grade Range Level Range Lexile • For grades K through 12 • Grades 3 to 8 on Virginia report cards • Below 200L= Beginning Reader (BR). • Commonly 200L to 1700L. • 330L to 1100L- typical range for grades 3 to 8. Accelerated Reader (AR) • Grades K through 12 • ATOS Book Level: 1 to 12. • Alternatives: ATOS 100 and ATOS 2000 (most similar to Lexile). • Books are also assigned points based on difficulty (ATOS level) and length of book (number of words). • Interest level: based on content and appropriateness for age. Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) • Grades K through 8 • A1 through 80 • Alphanumeric levels designate pre- readers. Guided Reading (GRL) • Grades K through 6 • A through Z
  11. 11. Scholastic Book Wizard  BookWizard.Scholastic.com helps you:  Find books by grade level  Find books by Lexile, DRA, and Guided Reading levels  Find books by similar interests (BookAlike)  Can filter initial search by grade.  Searching for ―Similar Books‖ with the BookAlike feature yields readalikes and how they are similar to one another.  Results can be adjusted by reading level—easier to harder.  Each result provides the reading level of the book.  Can further refine search by theme/subject, genre, series, and language (English/Spanish).
  12. 12. Other Tools  Accelerated Reader Book Finder: ARBookFind.com  Can search by interest level and AR (ATOS) level.  Can search by title, author, or ISBN.  Can refine search by fiction/nonfiction, topics, or English/Spanish.  Lexile Find a Book: lexile.com/fab/  Can search by Lexile level or by grade if Lexile is not known.  Can search by title, author, or ISBN.  Can refine search by page count, Lexile code, series books, award winners, or English/Spanish.
  13. 13. Other Tools (cont’d)  NoveList: PWCgov.org/library/electronicresources/  Can find books by age, Lexile level, and similar interests (readalikes).  Can browse by award winners.  Find book discussion guides for student book groups.  Find picture book extenders (supplemental content).  Find curriculum-based booklists and annotated bibliographies.
  14. 14. More Information  Accelerated Reader program:  http://www.renlearn.com/ar/howitworks.aspx  Developmental Reading Assessment:  http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZ4Z4&PMDbProgramId=23661&pro gnav=po  Guided Reading explained:  http://www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks.com/aboutLeveledTexts.aspx#GR  Leveled reading explained:  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/what-leveled-reading  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/leveled-reading-systems-explained  Lexile and Virginia Standards of Learning:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/scoring/lexile/index.shtml  Scholastic Leveled Reading chart:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/guidedreading/leveling_chart.htm