Translating Book Levels to Grade Levels

In the last post, I offered readily available book titles in "leveled" lists that represent increasing text difficulty, grades Pre K to 3rd. If you are not an educator, you might wonder how these calculations are made, how they translate into grade levels, and where your child's reading ability falls along this continuum.

If your child is in 1st-3rd grade, his or her reading has likely been assessed through the use of running records or reading miscue inventory (RMI). The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is one commonly-used commercial product that includes such an analysis, in addition to fluency and comprehension components. Your child's report card may include a "DRA level" that is calculated from this assessment. Each DRA level and book level represents an increasingly more complex set of text features and these correspond to the approximate grade levels shown below.

Book Level A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P
Grade Level K K K/1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1/2 2 2 2/3 3 3 3/4
DRA 1 2/3 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 28 30 34 38

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