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
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.
Current Lexile Band
College & Career Ready
"Stretch" Lexile Band*
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
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
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.
||"Happy Birthday, Estela!"
||Bingley, Anne M.
||"Smile!" said Dad
||A Lunch With Punch
||Kittinger, Jo S.
||A Play's the Thing
||After the Rain
Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures of BR.
||"Fire, Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire
||Martin Jr., Bill
||"POP" Pops the Popcorn
||"Who Took the Cake?"
||1. 2. 3... What Do You See?
||100th Day, The
||After the Flood
||Aqua Aqua Aqua
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
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
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
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.