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What is a Lexile Measure?

The Lexile Framework® for Reading from MetaMetrics® takes the guesswork out of matching students with texts at an appropriate level of difficulty.

A Lexile measure indicates the reading level of a student or a text, and is expressed as a number followed by an "L" (e.g., 800L). Teachers, librarians and parents can compare a student's Lexile measure with the Lexile measure of a text to determine whether that text may be too difficult, too easy or just right for that student's reading ability.

To strengthen reading skills, students should read text within their Lexile range—100L below to 50L above their Lexile measure. When students read text within their Lexile range, they are likely to comprehend enough of the text to make sense of it, while still being sufficiently challenged to maintain interest and learning.

Lexile measures in ProQuest teaching and learning solutions

Our eLibrary and SIRS online research tools make it easy for librarians, educators, and researchers to track down full-text information linked to specific Lexile levels. (Our newly revised tools also make it easy to find content linked to standards, differentiate instruction and employ 21st century skills in everyday instruction.)

The eLibrary Advanced Search feature allows users to stipulate a Lexile level for all returned results.

SIRS results also display a Lexile level to assist schools in tracking down resources that match reader ability.

Every resource is aligned to state, national, and Canadian Provincial learning standard benchmarks, and is assigned a Lexile measure at the time it is loaded into eLibrary and SIRS. A Lexile measure of 0L is given to image and video documents, but these documents may be found in a result set even if a search was limited by Lexile measure.

When paired with Lexile levels, our ProQuest solutions make it easy to:
  • Develop individualized reading lists that are tailored to provide appropriately challenging reading.
  • Enhance thematic teaching by building a bank of titles at varying levels that not only support the theme, but provide a way for all students to successfully participate in the theme.
  • Use as an organizing tool when sequencing materials. For example, you might choose one book a month for use as a read-aloud throughout the school year.
  • Increase the difficulty of books throughout the year. This approach is useful if you are utilizing a core program or textbook that is set up in anthology format. You may find that you need to rearrange the order of the anthologies to best meet your students' needs.
For additional ideas, review our Lexile in ProQuest PowerPoint presentation (PPT).

Different from other reading measures

Lexile measures are uniquely independent, accurate and actionable:
  • Lexile measures are instrument-independent. A wide variety of test, instructional software, book and article publishers have adopted Lexile measures. States and districts are not limited to a single supplier.
  • Lexile measures use the same method and scale to measure readers and text. The same measurement approach and a common scale means greater accuracy in matching readers with text.
  • Lexile measures apply to everyday reading. A student's Lexile measure is more than a test score. It applies to books and articles that a student encounters daily at school, home and in the library—creating a strong school-home connection.
Flexibly manage comprehension

Lexile measures allow educators to manage reading comprehension. Matching a reader's Lexile measure to a text with the same Lexile measure leads to an expected 75-percent comprehension rate— not too difficult to be frustrating, but difficult enough to be challenging and to encourage reading progress.

Educators and librarians can further adjust anticipated comprehension for reading instruction and for better understanding of other curriculum learning materials and lesson plans simply by choosing more or less difficult texts.

Source: Lexile.com


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