The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a scale based on reading ability and text difficulty rather than content. If you have questions
about a particular title, please don't hesitate to speak with library staff.
The following descriptions are from the Lexile® Framework for Reading website. You can
find out more by visiting http://www.lexile.com/.
"There are two kinds of Lexile measures: the Lexile reader measure and the Lexile
text measure. Students receive a Lexile reader measure as a score from a reading
test - it describes his or her reading ability. Books and other texts receive a
Lexile text measure from a software tool called the Lexile Analyzer - it 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 difficulty, or help give an idea of how well a reader
will comprehend a text. The Lexile reader measure can also be used to monitor a
reader's growth in reading ability over time. Lexile helps readers grow, and helps
parents and teachers know."
"When a Lexile text measure matches or is in the range of a Lexile reader measure,
this is called a targeted reading experience. The reader will encounter some level
of difficulty with the text, but not enough to get frustrated. This is the best
way to grow as a reader - reading text that's not too hard but not too easy."
"There is no direct correspondence of a specific Lexile measure to a specific grade
level. Within any classroom or grade, there will be a range of readers and a range
of reading materials. For example, in a fifth-grade classroom there will be some
readers who are ahead of the typical reader (about 250L above) and some readers
who are behind the typical reader (about 250L below). To say that some books are
"just right" for fifth graders assumes that all fifth graders are reading at about
the same level. The Lexile Framework for Reading is intended to match readers with
texts at whatever level each individual reader is reading."