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Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework

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Formative Assessment Framework for Teaching and Learning

American Reading Company’s Leveling System maps out the reading field for both books and readers, integrating Common Core State Standards for reading acquisition with a deep knowledge of the demands of literature and informational text for students, grades K through 12. The color-coded system is grounded on a review of more than 100,000 books evaluated with the following three questions in mind:

  • What does the reader need to know and be able to do to understand this book?
  • What supports does the text offer an independent thinker and problem solver?
  • What challenges does this text present to a reader who is comfortable with other texts at this same basic level?

The Leveling System has been successfully field-tested in more than 5,000 schools across the country with hundreds of thousands of readers, making it possible for students to easily find books they can enjoy and read successfully—books that allow them to improve their reading through reading.

Common Core State Standards for Reading

The Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) is a unified standards-based framework for student assessment, text leveling, and curriculum and instruction. The IRLA includes every Common Core State Standard for Reading, both in literature and informational text, as well as those Language standards key to reading success, for students in grades PreK through 12.

For more information, please visit American Reading Company to learn more about the Leveling System and the IRLA.