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Starting in kindergarten students are assessed three times per year to determine their reading ability. We know that students are always learning to read and reading to learn and knowing their reading level helps us make sure what they are reading is a “good fit.” Every year students learn to talk and write about what they read and the texts they read become more complex.

View the videos below to learn about what texts include and how readers should sound as they read them and talk about them.


Level I: Level I text includes texts that are generally 8-16 pages. Readers of Level K text are able to read the words without using their finger to track the words. They do use their finger to help them focus on new or unknown words that may be difficult for them. View Video.

Level D: Level D text includes fiction and non-fiction books. These books usually have less than ten pages in the book. Each page will have a picture that help the reader figure out the words of the story. At level D, readers should be able to read without their finger under each word and will also be able to follow the pattern if there is one. After reading the text, readers of Level D text should also be able to talk about the important parts of the story or text and answer questions about the character or information. View Video.



Level B: Kindergarten

Readers able to read level B can point to each word as they read. They can read two lines on a page using pictures to help them figure out unknown words. View Video.

Level F: First Grade

Readers able to read level F recognize a large number of common words quickly and automatically. They can read without pointing to the words and still sound smooth as they read out loud. Level F texts have about three to eight lines of text per page. Sentences are longer and include more types of punctuation. (.,””!?…).

Level K: Second Grade

Level K text includes the beginning of chapter books that are 60-100 pages long.  Text is often written with longer words and more complex sentences.  Readers of Level K text are able to read the same book over a couple of days.  They can quickly figure out more complex words and are able to read silently and out loud. View Video.

Level O: Third Grade

Level O text includes many different types (fantasy, realistic fiction, folktales, biographies, mysteries, short stories, series of chapter books, etc. Readers of level O text know how to read and understand stories with multiple characters of informational texts with different topics. View Video.

Level R: Fourth Grade

Readers able to read level R text can read and understand a variety of texts from chapter books to webpages. Most reading is done silently, but can read with fluency when reading aloud. Level R text is written with different layouts, perspectives and vocabulary. Level R texts can have long stretches of description and technical vocabulary. View Video.

Level U: Fifth Grade

Readers able to read level U text are able to read longer, more complex chapter books.  They can remember information from their reading over many days.  Level U text includes many different themes and are often written with many different structures (cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast). View Video.



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