Lexile measures are a resource for parents and educators that focus on improving reading skills and increasing adolescent literacy. These Lexile measures can be used to match readers with texts targeting the student's reading ability. Such targeting of reading material optimizes growth in reading ability and helps to monitor student progress towards specific learning goals.
The Lexile® Framework for Reading is an educational tool that links text complexity and readers' ability on a common metric known as the Lexile scale. A student receives a Lexile reader measure calculated from a reading test linked to the Lexile Framework; the Lexile measure describes the student's reading ability. Books and other texts also have a Lexile measure associated with them, and this Lexile text measure 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 level of difficulty and suggest how well the reader will comprehend a text.
We determine our students' Lexile level through our iReady diagnostic testing, which is done three times during the year: once at the beginning, then again at the middle of the year, and finally once more at the end of the year. This lets us see the growth our students are making throughout the year and allows us to update their Lexile levels accordingly. Your child's teacher should have your child's Lexile level starting around the middle of September. Here are the current Lexile bands per grade level: