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Explore Leveling Frameworks

There are a wide variety of “leveling systems” that are commonly used to identify a student’s reading ability. There is no need for you or your staff to become an expert in each of these frameworks, but it will be useful to review some of the ways in which schools commonly communicate the level at which a child can comfortably read text. That way, you can present the student with “just right” text, rather than present material that might be too easy or too difficult.  

The majority of schools will utilize one of the four leveling frameworks listed below. We encourage you to find out which framework the schools in your community use and review the Leveled Text Chart to explore how various frameworks describe reading level associated with children in grades K-12.

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