Reading Level Chart

Free Reading Level Correlation Chart

Reading Level Chart for DRA, Guided Reading, Lexile, and Grade Levels

I want to give you a reading level correlation chart (at bottom of page) and an explanation of text leveling. With a surge in guided reading over the last five years, more and more teachers and students are working with leveled texts. But, wait, there are so many different levels!

Scholastic guided reading, Fountas and Pinnell, DRA, Rigby, Lexile levels, ATOS, and AR. Why can't this just be easy?

I want to make it simpler for you. Keep reading to view and save the free PDF of the reading level chart for DRA, guided reading, Lexile, and grade levels.


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Reading Levels Made Easy

First and foremost, reading levels are not exact! 

Guided Reading, Developmental Reading Assessment, Lexile, and ATOS are all tools for determining reading levels of texts and readers. The practice of leveling texts by complexity is based on science and statistics, but like any assessment, it is a metric used to plan instruction.

Here are a few words of caution:

  1. Levels label the complexity of texts. They do not label students.
  2. Levels are not definitive and are best thought of as ranges.
  3. A student can move easily between levels depending on the topic and the emotional engagement of the student.

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Reading Level Chart

This reading correlation chart compares three of the most common reading levels: scholastic guided reading, DRA, and Lexile. A download link is at the bottom.


Levels Aren't Perfect

You can see the different leveling methods don't have a perfect overlap. This is why leveling is best thought of as a range, not an exact number. 

Also, the grade levels overlap. This is another reason that reading levels do not label students. They describe the overall complexity of the text.

Each leveling comes from a different complexity technique. Reading levels are based on word count, length of words, length of sentences, vocabulary, and other measurable features of the text.


Instructional Reading Level

When teaching students in guided reading or small group instruction, you will want to use the students' instructional reading levels. What is that?

The instruction reading level represents text complexity that students would struggle with alone. However, with teacher scaffolding, they can read successfully. At it's most basic definition, an instructional level is determined by reading fluency. Instructional level is when a student can fluently read a text at 90-95% accuracy.

If a student is reading a text fluently with 96-100% accuracy, that level of text is considered the independent level. In other words, the student should be able to successfully read texts at this level without help.

Reading Level Chart for DRA, Guided Reading, Lexile, and Grade Levels