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Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level Scores

To aid in planning lessons using the Atlas, Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scores have been computed for all content pages. Flesch-Kincaid reading levels are based on the average number of syllables per word and the average number of words in a sentence, and are given in a grade level format.

The color coding indicates grade groups as follows: 
K-3: green
4-6: purple
7-9: red
10-12: blue 

We have included these indexes for you: 

Reading Levels by Grades: Use this list to review all the pages appropriate for your readers and choose which to use. See which pages in any Atlas category will be at your readers' level and which may be challenging.

Reading Levels for Fourth Grade and Under

Note: Be aware that reading levels on some pages can be misleading. We do not compute reading levels on those pages that are mostly data. As you know, mechanical reading level determinations do not take into consideration the circumstances or motivation of the reader. On one hand traditional wisdom indicates that students will make their way through difficult material if their interest level is high. On the other hand, text for the Internet often offers little challenge, with brief and simple text and reliance on graphics and animation. We hope that our Atlas offers high interest for your students because of its local nature and the opportunity for student participation. 

As we all work with this new medium of instruction, we look forward to your input and feedback to let us know what works. The inclusion of this reading level information came about as a result of requests from participating teachers, so don't hesitate to contact us with your experiences and suggestions. 

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