Lexile: One Way to Level By: Casey Bennett
What is the Lexile Framework for Reading? • A new method designed to improve reading comprehension – Built upon 12+ years of research by Meta. Metrics Inc. • Lexile Analyzer is a software program that analyzes any text – Measures text’s syntactic complexity – Algorithm measures vocabulary, word frequency, and sentence length – Assigns it a numerical level or “Lexile Rating” – Targets books on the right reading level for a child’s ability • Linked to national standardized tests such as the SATs and Common Core State Standards – A student’s Lexile reding level can be determined from such tests
Lexile Levels Typical Reader Measures, by Grade Reader Measures, Mid-Year 25 th percentile to 75 th percentile (IQR) 1 Up to 300 L 2 140 L to 500 L 3 330 L to 700 L 4 445 L to 810 L 5 565 L to 910 L 6 665 L to 1000 L 7 735 L to 1065 L 8 805 L to 1100 L 9 855 L to 1165 L 10 905 L to 1195 L 11 and 12 940 L to 1210 L
Lexile Levels • Lexile database- ranges from below 200 L to above 1600 L – The Lexile codes, in addition to the numerical range, are: – AD: Adult Directed- Picture Books – NC: Non-Conforming- Lexile measure markedly higher than is typical for the publisher's intended audience or designated developmental level of the book – HL: High-Low- Lexile measure much lower than the average reading ability of the intended age range of its readers – IG: Illustrated Guide- Books that consist of independent pieces or sections of text such as in an encyclopedia or glossary – GN: Graphic Novel- Graphic novel or comic book – BR: Beginning Reading- Lexile measure of 0 L or below appropriate for the emergent reader – NP: Non-Prose- Book comprising more than 50% non-standard or non-conforming prose such as poems, plays, songs, and recipes
Matching Reader to Text • A student’s Lexile reading level measure is determined from a reading assessment • Texts’ Lexile rating are determined using the Lexile Analyzer • Reader is matched with a text of the same Lexile level- “targeted” reading experience – Focus on a range around the number- 100 L below to 50 L above reported Lexile measure – 75% of the reading material should be comprehended by the reader – Reader will encounter some difficulty with the text but not enough to get frustrated – Helps the reader to grow with a text that is not too easy nor too hard – Lexile levels can be used to monitor a reader’s growth in reading ability over a period of time
Lexile Reader vs. Lexile Text Measure
How to “Lexile” a Collection cont. • Integrate Lexile measures into your library's online catalog and book search – Lexile Titles Download – The Lexile Book Database contains measures for tens of thousands of books from hundreds of publishers – Separate databases for English and Spanish titles. – Do it yourself – Work with one of several library-automation partners who will do it for a fee.
How to “Lexile” a Collection • The Lexile leveling system has become a recent trend in many schools’ Library Media Centers • Option #1 - Color code books by Lexile zone with spine stickers • Option #2 - Analyze Lexile distribution of student test scores • • – Align library books purchases with students’ abilities – Select shelves just for high-Lexile and low-Lexile books Option 3#- Students receive Lexile measures at the beginning of the school year – In the library reorganized all fiction by Lexile zone – Color-coded all nonfiction by Lexile zone – Create a student Lexile tracking center – Recognize students for the growth accomplished and promote them on the "Lexile wall“ Option #4 - Have a cart in the library arranged by Lexile – Merges different collection systems and isn’t solely based on Lexile
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