Learning A–Z Spanish Text Leveling System
The proprietary Learning A–Z Spanish Text Leveling System was built upon the qualitative and quantitative measures of the original Learning A–Z Text Leveling System. The Spanish Text Leveling System takes into account the unique features of Spanish-language texts such as sentence length, complexity of words, and syntax, as well as typical text structures. After careful analysis, the leveling criteria were adjusted and modified from English in order to create accurate levels for students learning to read in Spanish.
Why Use the Text Leveling System
To accurately level a text, both quantitative and qualitative measures must be taken into account. Most other leveling systems give information about the quantitative measures of a text, such as sentence length, word count, number of syllables, and so on, and rely on teachers to evaluate the qualitative measures, such as illustration support, concept load, text organization, etc.
The Learning A-Z Text Leveling System looks at both quantitative and qualitative measures to determine the level of a text. Also, with our Level Correlation Chart it's easy to place students into books measured by other leveling systems.
How Texts Are Leveled
Every text assigned a Learning A-Z level goes through a strenuous review process to ensure accurate and reliable leveling results.
- Step 1: A Leveling Expert reviews the text and the applicable qualitative measures.
- Step 2: The text and qualitative measures are entered into the Learning A-Z Text Leveling System, which scores the quantitative and qualitative measures.
- Step 3: The results are reviewed by a Leveling Expert.
- Step 4: The results are confirmed by a second, and sometimes third, Leveling Expert.
- Step 5: The text is officially assigned a Learning A-Z level.
Assessing a Student’s Spanish Level
Use Spanish Benchmark Passages and Running Records (Pasajes estándar and Regístros) to determine a student’s reading level in Spanish. With this information, teachers can provide the just-right Spanish reading experience that students need, effectively strengthening kids' reading, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Like the English Leveled Books and Benchmark Passages, original Spanish Benchmark Passages are differentiated using the Text Leveling System to measure gradual increases in the complexity of content, including word choice, sentence complexity, and features of text structure. Learn more about Assessing a Student’s Level using printable or online running records.
Spanish Level Correlations
The Spanish levels from aa to Z2 take into account the same stages of development that Learning A–Z levels do in English. The Spanish levels also correlate to age and grade in the same way. This means, for example, that levels K to P are equivalent to grade 2 reading levels in both the Spanish and English leveling systems.
Spanish Leveled Books
Learning A–Z offers both translated and authentic Spanish Leveled Books. All authentic or original Spanish Leveled Books are assigned a level using the Spanish Text Leveling System following the same strenuous review process used for leveling English texts. Spanish Translated Leveled Books include the accurate Spanish level and the corresponding English book’s level. Some Spanish Translated Leveled Book levels may differ slightly from the English level. Because Learning A–Z’s translations mirror the content and structure of the original text while reflecting the natural flow of the target language and incorporating developmentally appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary, a Spanish translation’s final level will be accurate for students learning to read in Spanish.