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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: (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.

ISBN Title Author Lexile
0478204418 "Happy Birthday, Estela!" Bingley, Anne M. 70L
047820454X "Smile!" said Dad Jane Buxton 20L
0679886893 6 Sticks Coxe, Molly 120L
051622879X A Lunch With Punch Kittinger, Jo S. 80L
0060743557 A Play's the Thing Aliki 120L
0439192587 Aaron's Hair Munsch, Robert 190L
0670874582 ABC I Like Me! Carlson, Nancy 190L
0763521892 African Animals Alphabet, The Durkee, Sarah IG120L
1572571799 After the Rain Graham, Meadows 70L
0516251759 Ah-choo Taylor-Butler, Christine 30L

Here are some titles that reflect Lexile measures of BR.

ISBN Title Author Lexile
0152020632 "Fire, Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire Martin Jr., Bill BR
0813620082 "POP" Pops the Popcorn Egan, Bob BR
0478126123 "Who Took the Cake?" Medina, Eduardo BR
1558586466 1. 2. 3... What Do You See? Bohdal, Susi BR
080506205X 1, 2, 3, Go! Lee, Huy Voun BR
0439330173 100th Day, The Maccarone, Grace BR
0399233881 A is for Salad Lester, Mike BR
0516020072 Addition Annie Gisler, David BR
0763515337 After the Flood Giles, Jenny BR
0673803813 Aqua Aqua Aqua Mora, Pat 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.

In addition, MetaMetrics, the developer of the Lexile, offers two book-search engines.

  • Designed for the educator, the Lexile Book Database contains tens of thousands of titles. You can search by book title, author, keyword, or Lexile range. Visit the Lexile Book Database.
  • A more parent-friendly book-search engine, Find a Book with Lexiles, allows parents to enter the child’s Lexile score. The search engine will automatically compute the Lexile range. Parents can indicate the 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 and printed. Visit the Find a Book with Lexiles site at:

Where can I find out more about Lexiles?

The Testing Division of the Georgia Department of Education has created a short presentation on Lexiles.

MetaMetrics developed the Lexile Framework and provides a wealth of information for teachers and families on Lexiles.

For additional Lexile information and resources, please click here.

2006 Test Coordinators Workshop