I am trying to level all of my books in my class library and make an excel spreadsheet of all my books and their levels. I am having difficulty understanding the difference between all the different leveling systems out there. We use AR at our school, which has its own ATOS leveling system, from what I understand. Scholastic also has a leveling system on their website, that'll give you the book level for any book title you type in...however, those do not match up at all with the ATOS level, or AR level. Then, there is the Fountas and Pinnell guided reading level, which are letter levels, and those do not seem to clearly match up depening on whether I use the ATOS or scholastic level.
Example: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a 4.3 level according to ATOS or AR. However, it is a 3.2, according to Scholastic...which I think is more of it's grade level? The really confusing part, is that if using a conversion chart from AR levels to fountas and pinnell, it says it should be level R for guided reading, but according to scholastic it's a level N or something way different. I am so confused! How are these levels made? What are they based off of? What should I use? How can I accurately find the fountas and pinnell levels for books??
Thank you sooooo much to anyone who helps!! I am extremely confused and overwhelmed!!
The leveling systems are confusing to everyone. The problem is that they all use different criteria for leveling. As a reading specialist for 15 years, I have worked with many different systems. I do not think AR levels are very accurate. If I were you, I would stick with the Guided Reading levels (Fountas and Pinnell). It seems to be a system that will endure. It seems to be more accurate than grade level, which does not mean a lot when children are struggling readers. You can find GR levels on the publishers' websites many times. If you search for books on Scholastic's Book Wizard, you can set the leveling system to Guided Reading, and all the results will have that designation.
Yes, sometimes you will get conflicting GR levels from different sources, but I have not found that very often. It is not an exact science.
I hope this helps and answers some of your questions.
I love the fountas & pinnell system, it seems to be the most accurate. You can purchase the fountas and pinnell levelling book for about $50 or you can buy rights to the website to type in the books you want to level.
But I use the Reading Recovery level / Pinnell. But sometimes you are the best judge . The levels are only a guide and as PP has said everything is judged on different criteria. Suggestion when labeling your books either color code them or icon code them, It makes it some much easier to put back in place,
The problem with education is that we have too many who make decisions on what they "think." Research shows that ATOS is ever bit as accurate as Lexile. Scholastic is not researched based. When there is valid research, our decisions should follow. As teachers, we make so many decisions during any day that we sometimes start to feel like we are the experts on everything (ask your spouse).
Lord, grant me the strength to dismiss comfortable things, the courage to accept knowledge based on research, and the wisdom to know the difference.
At the end of the day as long as (OUR) children are progressing at a normal level that's what I'm looking for! Not the "my kid " is smartest ,fastest, strongest or whatever other label parents want to put strain on thier child for! Your kid may be an actor one day! , or manager, mailman, doctor, pilot, or seaman! LET OUR CHILDREN BE KIDS FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN! I don't care that anyone's child was potty trained at one!<lol> whatever...you win.".your child was potty trained first!