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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.

What is a Lexile measure?

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

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

Typically, readers and text materials fall between 200L and 1700L.  A Lexile text measure below 200L represents reading material for readers that are still learning to read, and a student’s Lexile score may have a number below 200L 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 Georgia Milestones scores that generated a BR Lexile score. To find appropriate reading material for a student with a BR Lexile measure, use the Find a Book section on the MetaMetrics website:

Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures below 200.






"Smile!" said Dad

Jane Buxton




Taylor-Butler, Christine



"Happy Birthday, Estela!"

Bingley, Anne M.



After the Rain

Graham, Meadows



A Lunch With Punch

Kittinger, Jo S.



A Play's the Thing




6 Sticks

Coxe, Molly



Aaron's Hair

Munsch, Robert


Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures of BR.






Addition Annie

Gisler, David



After the Flood

Giles, Jenny



Aqua Aqua Aqua

Mora, Pat



"Fire, Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire

Martin Jr., Bill



"POP" Pops the Popcorn

Egan, Bob



"Who Took the Cake?"

Medina, Eduardo



1. 2. 3... What Do You See?

Bohdal, Susi



100th Day, The

Maccarone, Grace


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

You will find the Lexile measure on the 2014-2015 individual student reports for the Georgia Milestones End of Grade English Language Arts (ELA) assessments in grades 3 through 8 as well as for the Georgia Milestones End of Course ELA assessments for Ninth Grade Literature and Composition or American Literature and Composition.   ​

  • View the Lexile information on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade ELA ​report. (coming soon)

  • View the Lexile information on the  Georgia M​ilestones End of Course ELA report.​  (coming soon)

Now that I kn​ow my child’s Lexile measure, 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 measure, 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 that still provides challenge for your student and the hardest level at which he/she can read independently. 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 measure. Ask your school media specialist or public librarian to assist in locating books with Lexile measures. Many publishers have analyzed their books to receive Lexile measures, 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 has created a parent-friendly book-search engine, Find a Book, that allows parents to enter the child’s Lexile measure. The search engine will automatically compute the Lexile range and helps parents find books within their child’s Lexile range. Parents can also search for reading materials without a Lexile measure 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 Assessment and Accountability Division of the Georgia Department of Education has created a presentation on Lexiles.

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

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: