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Lexile ® Framework for Reading Matching Readers to Text. Janie Baxter Coastal Plains RESA. Why use Lexile measures? What resources are available to assist me as I use Lexiles?. How do the content materials I am teaching (text Lexile measure) match my students’ Lexile measures?.

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how do the content materials i am teaching text lexile measure match my students lexile measures
How do the content materials I am teaching (text Lexile measure) match my students’ Lexile measures?
what is a lexile
What is a Lexile?
  • Standard score developed by MetaMetrics
  • Matches a student’s reading ability with difficulty of text material
three important concepts
Three Important Concepts
  • Reading Ability
    • The cognitive set students use to construct meaning from text as measured on tests
  • Readability
    • The difficulty of reading materials based on dimensions or characteristics of the text
  • Reading Comprehension
    • The construction of meaning from text
what is a lexile6
What is a Lexile?
  • Interpreted as the level of book that a student can read with 75% comprehension
  • 75% comprehension is the level identified by experts as offering the reader a certain amount of comfort and yet still offering a challenge


  • Typically range from 200 for beginning readers to 1700 for advanced readers
  • Text below 200L represents beginning-reading material; given as a number or BR (Beginning Reading)
  • Applies to both reader ability and text difficulty
    • When reader and text measures are the same, the student is expected to read with 75% comprehension.

Lexile is calculated

by analyzing

Semantic Difficulty,

Word Frequency; and,

Syntactic Complexity,

Sentence Length.

how is georgia using lexiles
How is Georgia using Lexiles?
  • Students receive a Lexile score along with their regular scale score for the CRCT Reading or GHSGT English Language Arts tests.
  • A student’s Lexile is a tool for teachers to use to target reading material for students.
  • A student’s Lexile is a tool for parents to use in selecting reading material for their children.
where is a student s lexile on the crct
Where Is a Student’s Lexile on the CRCT?
  • CRCT Individual Student Score Report (SSR) displays Lexile score in Reading section.
where is a student s lexile on ghsgt
Where Is a Student’s Lexile on GHSGT?

GHSGT Student Content Summary Report displays the Lexile score in English Language Arts section.

Front shows score and range.

Explanation on reverse side of report


Lexile Measures for Text: Newspapers

  • Reuters (1440L)
  • NY Times (1380L)
  • Washington Post (1350L)
  • Wall Street Journal (1320L)
  • Chicago Tribune (1310L)
  • Associated Press (1310L)
  • USA Today (1200L)
john grisham

Lexile Measures for Text: Novels

John Grisham

The Pelican Brief 660The Firm 680The Client 730A Time to Kill 770The Chamber 810The Rainmaker 830The Runaway Jury 930

michael crichton

Lexile Measures for Text: Novels

Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park 710Andromeda Strain 840Congo 940


Lexile Measures for Text

  • SAT 1330L
  • Federal Tax Form 1260L
  • Windows User Manual 1150L
  • GED 1060L
determining a student s lexile range

In the Classroom

Determining a Student’s Lexile Range
  • Independent ReadingRange of difficulty should be . . . 50 Lexiles above to 100 Lexiles below
  • Instructional ReadingRange of difficulty should be . . . 50 to 150 Lexiles above
in the classroom
In the Classroom
  • Vary reading difficulty of material to the situation:
    • Choose texts lower in the student’s Lexile range when factors make the reading situation more challenging, threatening or unfamiliar.
    • Select texts at or above the student’s range to stimulate growth when a topic is of extreme interest to a student, or when you will be giving additional support such as background teaching or discussion.
relationship of lexiles grade levels
Relationship of Lexiles & Grade Levels

Column 2 shows the range of Lexiles in which the middle 50% of readers fall at a grade level. 25% of students fall below this range and 25% above.

Column 3 shows the typical range of reading material at a grade level.

Note that the range of readers is wider than that of the typical text measures.

Source: http://www.lexile.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?view=ed&tabindex=6&tabid=18#18

accelerated reader and lexiles
Accelerated Reader* and Lexiles**

*This relational table is from Renaissance Learning, Inc.(2002). **Lexile is a trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc.

Source: http://www.nacs.k12.in.us/mcms/6thGrade/ARLEX.html




the lexile map
The Lexile Map

Lexile Measure

Literature Titles

Benchmarks (Sample Text)

parts of the lexile framework
Parts of the Lexile Framework
  • Lexile Calculator – a tool to calculate expected comprehension at various Lexile measures
  • Lexile Pathfinder–A set of prepared list of books by series and by topics.
  • Power Vocabulary– Vocabulary lists for books that might challenge the reader.





Discuss with someone near you how you might use the resources at www.lexile.com in teaching and learning.

galileo databases with lexile measures
GALILEO Databases with Lexile Measures
  • Book Collection: Nonfiction 
  • Discoverer WebFind
  • Kids Search
  • Middle Search Plus
  • MAS Ultra NoveList
  • NoveList K-8
  • Searchasaurus
  • SIRS Discoverer
  • SIRS Researcher
  • Student Research Center

Kids Search

Detailed Search


NoveList K-8

Advanced Search Options





Britannica Online

Linked to GPS






Georgia history and culture, primary sources, images


Discuss with someone near you a GALILEO resource you might use to engage students in the content on their reading level.



Students with


Resources at Coastal Plains RESA