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 Lexile Framework for Reading


What is the Lexile Framework?

The Lexile® Framework is an educational tool that links text complexity and readers’ ability on a common scale metric known as the Lexile. The Georgia Department of Education has worked with MetaMetrics, the developers of the Lexile Framework, for several years to establish the relationship of state-wide assessments and the Lexile scale. During the 2013-2014 school year, students who took the reading Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests – Modified (CRCT-M) or the End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in English Language Arts now receive Lexile measures along with their CRCT or EOCT scale score. These Lexile measures can be used to match readers with texts targeting the student’s reading ability; such targeting of reading material is essential for growth in reading ability and helps to monitor student progress towards reading. During the transition to the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System, the department will be working to establish the relationship between the Lexile Reading Framework and the Georgia Milestones scale structure so that students will continue to receive a Lexile measure.

The Lexile Map is a visual representation of the Lexile Reading Framework and reflects the text complexity that students should reach by the end of high school in order to be college or career ready. The map provides a graphic representation of texts and titles matched to appropriate levels of reading ability.

Lexiles & Common Core Standards

Georgia’s rigorous content standards promote that students should be ready for college or career upon exiting high school. The most important factor for readiness is a student’s ability to read and understand texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. The Lexile® Framework provides valuable insights into student readiness by measuring both the complexity of college and career texts and a student's ability to comprehend these texts.

The Lexile Framework has been realigned to match the text complexity necessary for students to meet the demands of colleges and careers. This redesign now displays college and career ready “stretch” Lexile bands. These “stretch” bands of the Lexile Framework show an upward trajectory of reading comprehension development through the grades to indicate that all students should be reading at the college and career readiness level by no later than the end of high school. Georgia’s content standards focus both on text complexity of what students read and on how well students read and comprehend. The Lexile bands in the table below help teachers and parents determine what text is appropriate for each grade band and what should be text that will stretch the students and help them gain in literacy skills. Students should read written texts within the “stretch” Lexile band for each year in order to be on the pathway to be college or career ready upon high school graduation.

 

Grade Band

Current Lexile Band
of Texts

College & Career Ready

"Stretch" Lexile Band*

K-1

n/a

N/A

2-3

450L-725L

420L-820L

4-5

645L-845L

740L-1010L

6-8

860L-1010L

925L-1185L

9-10

960L-1115L

1050L-1335L

11-CCR

1070L-1220L

1185L-1385L


These grade and Lexile bands are the basis for determining at what text complexity level students should be reading—and at which grades—to make sure they are ultimately prepared for the reading demands of college and careers.

What is a Lexile?

A Lexile is a standard score that matches a student’s reading ability with difficulty of text material. A Lexile can be interpreted as the level of book that a student can read with 75% comprehension. Experts have identified 75% comprehension level as offering the reader a certain amount of comfort and yet still offering a challenge. The Lexile Framework Map shows Lexiles ranging between approximately 200 and 1700. However, some reading materials and readers do have Lexiles below 200 and may have a code of BR for beginning reader.

On my child’s report there is a Lexile score of BR. What does this mean?

Typically readers and text materials fall between 200 and 1700. Lexile text below 200L represents beginning-reading material, and a student’s Lexile score may have a number in the 100s or the code of BR. BR is a code that stands for Beginning Reading. This code is used for any text or student ability that has a Lexile measure of zero or below. Some students, particularly at the lower grades, had CRCT or CRCT-M scores that generated a BR Lexile score. To find appropriate reading material for a student with a Lexile of BR, use the Find a Book section on the MetaMetrics website: www.lexile.com/fab/GA.

Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures below 200.

ISBN Title Author Lexile
0478204418 "Happy Birthday, Estela!" Bingley, Anne M. 70L
047820454X "Smile!" said Dad Jane Buxton 20L
0679886893 6 Sticks Coxe, Molly 120L
051622879X A Lunch With Punch Kittinger, Jo S. 80L
0060743557 A Play's the Thing Aliki 120L
0439192587 Aaron's Hair Munsch, Robert 190L
1572571799 After the Rain Graham, Meadows 70L
0516251759 Ah-choo Taylor-Butler, Christine 30L

Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures of BR.

ISBN Title Author Lexile
0152020632 "Fire, Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire Martin Jr., Bill BR
0813620082 "POP" Pops the Popcorn Egan, Bob BR
0478126123 "Who Took the Cake?" Medina, Eduardo BR
1558586466 1. 2. 3... What Do You See? Bohdal, Susi BR
0439330173 100th Day, The Maccarone, Grace BR
0516020072 Addition Annie Gisler, David BR
0763515337 After the Flood Giles, Jenny BR
0673803813 Aqua Aqua Aqua Mora, Pat BR

Where can I find my son’s or daughter’s Lexile score?

You will find the Lexile score on the 2013-2014 individual student reports for either the CRCT in reading, the CRCT-M in reading or the EOCT in Ninth Grade Literature and Composition or American Literature and Composition.   Lexile information will be reported in a very similar manner on the Milestones reports.

Now that I know my child’s Lexile score, what do I do with it?

Reports show a student’s Lexile score and Lexile range. However, if you only have the student’s Lexile score, you can easily determine his/her Lexile range.

To calculate your student’s Lexile range, add 50 to the student’s reported Lexile measure and subtract 100; in other words, locate 50L above and 100L below their reported Lexile measure. This range represents the boundaries between the easiest kind of reading material for your student and the hardest level at which he/she can read successfully. Now select reading material within that Lexile range. Also consider your child’s interest in topics and favorite authors as well as the age-appropriateness of the book’s content.

Example: Susie’s Individual Student Report shows she has a Lexile measure of 450L. Her range would be 350L to 500L. To find reading material that she can read with at least a 75% comprehension level, select books, magazines, or other reading material within this range.

Where can I find books within my child’s Lexile range?

Libraries now have many books that have been tagged with a Lexile score. Ask your school media specialist or public librarian to assist in locating books with Lexile scores. Many publishers have had their books “Lexiled,” and this information can often be found in the library catalogue system as well as on the book’s copyright page, spine, or back cover.

In addition, MetaMetrics, the developer of the Lexile, has created a parent-friendly book-search engine, Find a Book, that allows parents to enter the child’s Lexile score. The search engine will automatically compute the Lexile range. Parents can also search for reading materials without a Lexile score by entering the student’s grade, comfort level with reading, and child’s preference for topics and/or genres. A selection of books that fit these criteria will be generated. Then the parent can select those that interest the student and the finalized list can be saved to a file, emailed, or printed.

Remember a Lexile measure is a measure of text complexity only. It does not address the subject matter or text quality, age-appropriateness of the content, or a reader’s interests. The Lexile measure is one piece of information that you can use when selecting books.

Visit the Find a Book site:

Where can I find out more about Lexiles?

The Testing Division of the Georgia Department of Education has created a short presentation on Lexiles.

Additional information provided by the Georgia Department of Education is available on GeorgiaStandards.org

MetaMetrics developed the Lexile Framework and provides a wealth of information for teachers and families on Lexiles. Three documents, in particular, are helpful: Lexile Measures in the Home, Lexile Measures in the Classroom, and Lexile Measures in the Library. To find these family and educator guides and other helpful information, visit the MetaMetrics Lexile website at www.lexile.com.