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Use the Interactive Reading Level Conversion Chart Below to Browse Books

Click on the category or level for an initial list, and then refine your list by selecting other criteria.

CONVERSION GUIDE FOR LEVELED TEXTS
Developmental
Category
Grade
Level
Letter
Level
Number
Level
Lexile
Range
EMERGENT K A 1 BR*-420L
B 2
C 3, 4
EMERGENT/
EARLY
K-1 D 5, 6
E 7, 8
EARLY 1 F 9, 10
G 11, 12
H 13, 14
I 15, 16
EARLY/
FLUENT
1-2 J 18 420L-820L
2 K 20
L 24
2-3 M 28
FLUENT 3 N 30
O 34
P 38
4 Q 40 740L-1010L
R 40
4-5 S 44
5 T 44
U 50
5-6 V 60 925L-1185L
6 W 60
X 60
ADVANCED FLUENT 6-7 Y 70
8-9 Z 80
9+ Z+ 90 1050L-1335L

 

MATCHING ELL TEXTS TO STUDENT LANGUAGE-ACQUISITION LEVELS
ELL Text Level Grade 3 Students Grade 4 Students Grade 5 Students Grades 6-8 Students Grades 9-12 Students
1 TESOL*1 • WIDA**1
2 TESOL 2 • WIDA 2 TESOL 1 • WIDA 1
3 TESOL 3 • WIDA 3 TESOL 2 • WIDA 2
4 TESOL 4 • WIDA 4-5 TESOL 3 • WIDA 3 TESOL 2 • WIDA 2
Literacy Leveled Texts TESOL 5 • WIDA 6 TESOL 4-5 • WIDA 4-6 TESOL 3-5 • WIDA 3-6
 

*TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

**WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)

 

The Gradient of Text Difficulty

At Benchmark Education Company, we recognize that any gradient is fallible because a book’s level of difficulty will vary among districts and schools, and from student to student. We recommend that teachers make careful decisions in selecting leveled texts for students and consider the student’s current literacy behaviors and his/her prior knowledge of the content being presented.

If prior knowledge of the topic is a limitation, the designated reading level of the text may need to be altered. We encourage teachers to confer with one another as they establish a schoolwide book room and develop a sensitivity to appropriate text levels for their school population.

Please note that the grade levels assigned to letter and number levels on this chart reflect ideal expectations only. Students’ actual reading levels may vary more widely.