I've looked around a bit and I've found lots of posts about leveling a classroom library, which is great because that's a big project of mine for this coming summer What I'm having trouble finding is information on figuring out the child's starting reading level when they come into my class in September. I teach at a small school that currently does not use any sort of leveling system. This year I can see that my first graders have made progress, but I don't have any concrete proof to say, "Johnny started here and now look where he is!" My principal is very supportive of my project, but without a formal system already in place, I'm a little unsure of how to start. I know I should have the kids read something and check their accuracy and comprehension, but I only have the books in our class library to work with - no official system or anything. Our Reading series is also rather old so even if we did have the little leveled readers that go with it, they were long gone before I got there in September. Any advice? Whatever you've got I'll greatly appreciate it!