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Lexile Framework for Reading
What is the Lexile Framework?
The Lexile Framework is an educational tool that links text and readers under a common metric known as the Lexile.The Georgia Department of Education has worked with MetaMetrics, the developers of the Lexile Framework, to customize a "map" that provides a graphic representation of texts and titles matched to appropriate levels of reading ability.
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 beginning reader. (See next question.)
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 scores that generated a BR Lexile score. To find appropriate reading material for a student with a Lexile of BR, use the Advanced Book Search on the MetaMetrics website: www.lexile.com. (Note: The regular Book Search does not permit a non-numeric Lexile. The Advanced Book Search feature allows you to put in BR.)
Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures below 200.
Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures of BR.
Does my son or daughter have to take an additional test to get a Lexile score?
No. The Georgia Department of Education has conducted a study to link existing state tests to the Lexile scale. Beginning with spring 2006 testing, if your son or daughter takes either the Reading Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the English Language Arts Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), then he or she will receive a Lexile score on the individual student report produced from that administration.
Where can I find my son’s or daughter’s Lexile score?
Beginning with spring 2006 testing, you will find the Lexile score on the individual student report for either the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).
Now that I know my child’s Lexile score, what do I do with it?
First, 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 a student’s topic interest and favorite authors.
Example: Susie’s Individual Student Report shows she has a Lexile measure of 450. 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.
Where can I find out more about Lexiles?
The Testing Division of the Georgia Department of Education has created a short presentation on Lexiles.
For additional Lexile information and resources, please click here.