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Reading Level Systems
ATOS Readability Scores
The ATOS readability formula guides students to appropriate-level books...ATOS takes into account the most important predictors of text complexity—average sentence length, average word length, and word difficulty level. The results are provided in a grade-level scale that is easy to use and understand.
Degrees of Reading Power
The Degrees of Reading Power test does not assign text complexity levels for books, rather it is a test for students to help match them to an appropriate text complexity level for reading.
F&P and the Common Core
Professional development guide that explains the alignment of F&P to the Common Core Standards.
Fountas & Pinnell
"The F&P Text Level Gradient™ is the most recognized and trusted tool for selecting books for small-group reading instruction. All of Fountas and Pinnell's work references their F&P Text Level Gradient™—often referred to as Guided Reading levels or Fountas & Pinnell levels..."
The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring both reading ability and the text complexity of reading materials on the same developmental scale.
Common Core Standards
"The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade."
MA Curriculum Frameworks
"The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide teachers, students and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each year."
National School Library Standards
"The AASL Standards framework reflects a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning by demonstrating the connection between learner, school librarian, and school library standards."
Next Generation Science Standards
"Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K-12 science standards have been developed that are rich in both content and practice, and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS were released in 2013 and are being implemented in states and districts across the nation."
Finding Books for Readers
List of decodable text sources from The Reading League. Includes options for a variety of age levels.
High interest, low complexity titles from Orca Publishing.
Zone of Proximal Development
Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
"The ZPD refers to the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can achieve with guidance and encouragement from a skilled partner. Thus, the term 'proximal' refers those skills that the learner is 'close' to mastering."
Quantitative Level Crosswalk
Library-themed webcomic by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
ALA-CBC Reading Beyond List
"Here are 75 books chosen by the American Library Association & Children’s Book Council Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, and others interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books."
EdWeb has a lot of great informational webinars on educational issues, including reading and text complexity. Most of their webinars are free and archived for later viewing.
Encyclopedia Britannica Levels
How Encyclopedia Britannica levels content within the Britannica School products.
Gale In Context Content Levels
How Gale uses content reading levels within the "In Context" databases.
Guided Reading What?
Good overview on a few reading systems, plus a crosswalk chart for comparing.
Lexile Find-a-Book Database
Look up a book's Lexile score, or find a list of books within a specific Lexile range.
Matching Lexiles to Grades
This article provides research-backed charts explaining the typical Lexile ranges for each grade.
An explanation of the standardized reading levels that OverDrive uses in their database.
Guiding Readers by Interest, Not Level
Interview with the creators of the Fountas & Pinnell system. "Both researchers have been adamant that their leveling system was designed as a teacher’s tool, not a child’s label. "
New Research on Text Complexity
White paper from the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association on text complexity as how it is used within the Common Core.
The Science of Reading
Overview of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy approaches to reading instruction.