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 Lexile Framework for Reading

What is the LexileÒ Framework?

The Lexile® Framework for Reading is an educational tool that links text complexity and readers’ ability on a common metric known as the Lexile scale. A student receives a Lexile reader measure as a score from a reading test; the Lexile measure describes the student’s reading ability. Books and other texts also have a Lexile measure associated with them, and this Lexile text measure describes the book's reading demand or difficulty.  When used together, these measures can help match a reader with reading material that is at an appropriate level of difficulty, or suggest how well a reader will comprehend a text.

The Georgia Department of Education has worked with MetaMetrics®, the developers of The Lexile® Framework for Reading, to establish the relationship of the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts (ELA) assessments and the Lexile scale.  In Georgia, students will receive a Lexile measure when they receive a scale score on a Georgia Milestones End of Grade or End of Course ELA assessment.  This Lexile measure is based on the reading portion of the ELA test.


This information about Lexile measures is a resource for parents and educators that focuses on improving reading skills and increasing adolescent literacy. These Lexile measures can be used to match readers with texts targeting the student’s reading ability; such targeting of reading material optimizes growth in reading ability and helps to monitor student progress towards specific learning goals.

The Lexile Map is a visual representation of the Lexile® 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 Lexile map provides examples of popular books and sample text at various points on the Lexile scale.  Once you know a student’s Lexile measure, you can use the Lexile map to get a sense of his or her reading level in terms of books that are familiar to many people. 

Lexiles Measures & State Content 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 helps to describe 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 college and career bands, also known as “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 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 have regular practice reading 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.



College & Career Ready

“Stretch” Lexile Bands


190L to 530L


420L to 650L


520L to 820L


740L to 940L


830L to 1010L


925L to 1070L


970L to 1120L


1010L to 1185L


1050L to 1260L


1080L to 1335L

11 and 12

1185L to 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.

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