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avi-level

 

Introduction

Is there any link between AVI and age?

What if a book only carries he old avi level?

Does every book carry an AVI code?

 

Introduction

 

AVI stands for 'analyse voor individualiseringsvormen' (analysis of individualization matrices). It charters a child’s technical reading skills. Often the avi readings level is tested at school. The technical reading level is measured a.o. by the number of letters and syllables per word, a text’ sentence length, the reading speed. In 2008, a new AVI classification was adopted for (first) readers in primary education. What does this classification exactly mean and how to choose the correct reading level for your child?

When primary education reading books carry an AVI code, one can immediately assess a book’s technical reading level and thus decide whether it meets your child’s current technical reading skills. If you do not know your child’s AVI level yet, ask its teacher. Below please find further details to help you along. These are mere general guidelines, AVI coding requires the average pupil’s reading level. Some children read faster than others, hence it is important to get tuned in to your child reading skills and monitor how its reading skills evolve. 

The (new) AVI system was developed in the Netherlands by Cito, the Dutch Central Institute for Tests Development. It developed twelve levels linked to the Dutch primary education groups. In the Netherlands the primary education’s youngest group is group 3, therefore AVI levels start at 3 and run up to AVI 7 (group 7) and AVI plus (group 8). In Belgium we have (school)years instead of groups. Belgian readers must convert the Dutch groups to a corresponding school year.

A child’s reading skills increase during the school year. Hence within the first group, group 3/first year, a further classification is made between the start of the school year, midterm and end of term. Each has a separate symbol: start, M and E. The other groups/years only have midterm and end of term.  
  
Overview of all 12 AVI levels:

 

Belgium

Netherlands

AVI code

First year start

group 3 start 

avi start 

First year midterm 

group 3 mid

avi M3

First year end of term

group 3 end of term

avi E3

Second year midterm

group 4 midterm 

avi M4

Second year end of term

group 4 end of term

avi E4

Third year midterm

group 5 midterm

avi M5

Third year end of term

group 5 end of term

avi E5

Fourth year midterm

group 6 midterm

avi M6

Fourth year end of term

group 6 end of term

avi E6

Fifth year midterm

group 7 midterm

avi M7

Fifth year end of term

group 7 end of term

avi E7

Sixth year  

group 8

avi Plus




Some examples:
'avi start' means for readers at the start of the first year (Belgium), or at the start of group 3 (Netherlands)

'avi M3' means for readers as of midterm first year (Belgium), or midterm group 3 (Netherlands)
'avi E5' means for readers from end of term third year (Belgium), end of term group 5 (Netherlands)  
'avi M7' means for readers as of fifth year midterm (Belgium), midterm group 7 (Netherlands)

Is there any link between AVI and age?

Of course there are individual reading disparities. Generally speaking, the reading development of most children the same steps. In the course of the first year (group 1) most children evolve from level AVI start, to AVI M3 and then E3. During the second year, the reading level evolves from avi M4 to avi E4. During the third year a child reads on average AVI M5 up to AVI E5. The fourth year corresponds to AVI M6 and E6. Pupils from the fifth year read AVI M7 up to E7. In the course of the sixth year most pupils reach AVI PLUS.

 

What if a book only carries he old avi level?

New books and reprints only carry the new AVI level. Older editions carry former AVI codes only. For your convenience, Cito developed the below conversion table. Old AVI codes cannot  simply be converted to new ones. The best approach is printed in bold. The other AVI codes may be applicable too. Best is to check the book’s age limit.

 

 

 

AVI new

AVI old

avi Start 

avi 1

avi M3

avi 1-2

avi E3

avi 2-3

avi M4

avi 3-4-5

avi E4

avi 4-5-6

avi M5

avi 5-6

avi E5

avi 6-7-8

avi M6

avi 7-8-9

avi E6

avi 8-9

avi M7

avi 8-9

avi E7

avi 9

avi Plus

avi 9

 

 

 




Does every book carry an AVI code?

No, publishing houses can have their books’ AVI code measured by Cito. This is by no means an obligation. Every book does carry a NUR codeNUR stands for 'Nederlandstalige Uniforme Rubrieksindeling' (Dutch-Language Unified Classification) This code does not refer to the technical reading level of a book, it does give an indication of the age bracket for which a book is meant. Below please find the main NUR codes for children’s books:



nur 281 = fiction 4-6  

nur 282 = fiction 7-9  
nur 283 = fiction 10-12  
nur 284 = fiction 13-15  
nur 285 = fiction 15+
nur 286 = difficult readers
nur 287 = first readers