Correlations With Other Leveling Systems

American Reading Company levels are independent reading levels. A reader’s color level is the highest grade level he or she can read, understand, and enjoy without any help.

The independent level is not the level at which a student reads challenge-free. It is the level at which students can successfully manage the challenges they encounter on their own.

Guided Reading and other instructional levels assume a teacher is there to introduce the book and provide some help where needed. However, the following correlations may be useful.

IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment®

The IRLA provides comprehensive details about each reading level in American Reading Company’s leveling system. Learn more »

Grade IRLA© Current Lexile™ Band “Stretch” Lexile™ Band Guided Reading (Fountas & Pinnell) DRA® (Joetta Beaver) Reading Recovery® Accelerated Reader™ (ATOS)
K

1-3Y Yellow

1G 1 Green

A - D A–2 A, B, 1, 2, 3
1

2G 2 Green

1B 1 Blue

2B 2 Blue

D–J 3–16 4–16
2

1R 1-Red

2R 2-Red

450L–725L 420L–820L J–M 18–28 17–20 2.75 –5.14
3

Wt White

M–P 30–38 21–24
4

Bk Black

645L–845L 740L–1010L P–S 40 25–26 4.97–7.03
5

Or Orange

S–V 50 27–28
6

Pu Purple

860L–1010L 925L–1185L V–Y 60 29–30 7.00–9.98
7–8

1Br 1-Bronze

2Br 2-Bronze

Y–Z 70 31–44
9–10

Si Silver

960L–1115L 1050L–1335L 9.67–12.01
11–12

Gl Gold

1070L–1220L 1185L–1385L 11.20–14.10