Approximate Text, Spelling, and Writing Level Conversion/Comparison Table. Special thanks to Rigby Education, Scholastics Lexiles, and

Note: A new feature of this table. It now includes the Threshold Reading rates established by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), and the possible rates for the Iron County School District (ISCD). These threshold rates are the minimum established reading rate at which students should read to comprehend and read graded material. State and possible Iron County rates are lower than the national averages in order to allow students time to use various strategies for comprehension and to look at the pictures in a given text. It also includes USOE fluency rates for struggling readers to be used with the USOE approved Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR) Tier 2 instruction program and approximate levels for spelling stages according to Bear, et al and 6 traits writing stages.

 
Grade
Level/ AR
Fountas &
Pinell
Guided
Reading
Levels
Scholastic Reading Inventory/ Lexile
Reading
Recovery
DRA
Rigby
Literacy
Levels
Basal
Stage

Rigby
PM/PM
Plus Levels

Fluency Standards/WPM Threshold Rates Possible ICSD/USOE/NAEP

USOE Fluency Rates for Struggling Readers

Bear, et al Spelling stages*

6 Traits Writing Stages

K
A
-
A,B,1
A,1
1-2
readiness
emergent
starters 1
-
-
Emergent
Emergent
K.5
B
-
2
2
3-4
readiness
-
starters 2
-
-
Emergent
Emergent
1.0
C
-
3,4
3
5
preprimer 1
-
 3-4 red
-
-
Emergent, Letter Name-Alphabetic
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.1
D
100
5,6
4
6
preprimer 2
-
5-6 red/yellow
60/60/75 wpm
-
Emergent, Letter Name-Alphabetic
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.2
E
-
7,8
6-8
7
preprimer 3
-
7-8 yellow
"
-
Emergent, Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.4
F
200
9,10
10
8
primer
early
9-10 blue
"
60-80 wpm
Emergent, Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.5
G
-
11,12
12
9
-
-
11-12 blue/green
"
"
Emergent, Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.7
H
300
13,14
14
10
grade 1
-
13-14 green
"
"
Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
1.8
I
-
15,16
16
11
grade 1 (late)
-
15-16 orange
"
80-100 wpm
Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Emergent, Developing, Beginning
2.0
J
400
17,18
18
12
grade 2
-
17-18 turquoise
70/100/100 wpm
"
Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Beginning, Expanding
2.3
K
-
19,20
20
13
-
early fluent
19-20 purple
"
"
Letter Name-Alphabetic, Within Word Pattern
Beginning, Expanding
2.6
L
500
-
24
14-15
-
-
21 gold
"
"
Within Word Pattern
Beginning, Expanding
2.9
M
-
-
28
16-17
-
-
22 gold
"
"
Within Word Pattern
Beginning, Expanding
3.0
N
600
-
30
18
grade 3
-
23 silver
80/100/124 wpm
100-120 wpm
Within Word Pattern, Syllables & Affixes
Expanding, Bridging
3.3
O
-
22
34
19
-
-
24 silver
"
"
Within Word Pattern, Syllables & Affixes
Expanding, Bridging
3.6
P
-
-
38
20
-
-
25 emerald
"
"
Within Word Pattern, Syllables & Affixes
Expanding, Bridging
4.0
Q
700
24
-
-
grade 4
-
26 emerald
"
120-150 wpm
Within Word Pattern, Syllables & Affixes
Bridging, Fluent
4.3
R
-
-
40
-
-
fluent
27 ruby
90/120/140
"
Within Word Pattern, Syllables & Affixes
Bridging, Fluent
4.6
S
-
26
-
-
-
-
28 ruby
"
"
Syllables & Affixes
Bridging, Fluent
4.8
T
800
-
44
-
-
-
29 sapphire
"
"
Syllables & Affixes
Bridging, Fluent
5.0
U
-
28
44
-
grade 5
-
30 sapphire
"
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Fluent, Independent
5.3
V
-
-
50
-
-
-
-
100/150/150
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Fluent, Independent
5.6
W
900
-
-
-
-
-
-
"
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Fluent, Independent
6.0
X
-
30
60
-
grade 6
-
-
110/150/170
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent
6.5
Y
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
"
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent
7
Z
1000
32,34
70
-
-
-
-
120/150/170
"
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent
7.3
-
1100
-
-
-
-
-
-
"
-
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent
7.6
-
1200
-
-
-
-
-
-
"
-
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent
8+
-
-
-
80
-
-
-
-
125/150/170
-
Syllables & Affixes, Derivational Relations
Independent

Bear, et al spelling stage descriptions: Emergent: Emergent Stage, LetterName-Alphabetic: Beginning Stage, Within Word Pattern: Transitional Stage, Syllables and Affixes: Intermediate Stage, Derivational Relations: Advanced Stage

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