Making Sense of Levels

Help your students become successful readers by matching the level to the student.

Leveling Overview

Sundance/Newbridge stands behind its levels as good guidelines; however, teachers must use them as a point of reference and set their own level standards for their students.

Making sense of levels

Download a PDF of this Leveling Chart. (Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Guided Reading Levels (GRL) assigned by Sundance/Newbridge use the text characteristics described by Fountas and Pinnell in Guided Reading (Heinemann 1996) and Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6 (Heinemann 2001).

Early Intervention Levels (EIL) are based on Reading Recovery®, a registered trademark of the Ohio State University.

Developmental Reading Level Assessment (DRA), developed by Joetta Beaver, is a method of assessing and documenting achievement within a literature-based instructional program.

The Lexile Framework® for Reading is a scientific approach to reading measurement, providing a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty. This allows educators and parents to quickly estimate expected reading comprehension and monitor progress.


Download printable labels to categorize your Sundance/Newbridge books by Guided Reading Level, Reading Recovery Level, Lexile®, Genre, Subject/Strand, Concepts, and Word Count!

Select from the list below to download sets of labels by Sundance program. Labels are formatted to fit the Avery #5161 template (1" x 4" labels; 20 per sheet).

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