Lexile Framework for Reading
Lexile measures rank the reading level of a student and the difficulty of a text on a single scale and are correlated to scores on Standards of Learning (SOL) reading assessments in grades 3-8. Teachers and parents use Lexile measures to select books that are likely to improve the reading and comprehension skills of students. Lexile measures are reported with the scores of students taking SOL reading tests in grades 3-8.
Virginia’s Focus on Literacy Achievement and the Lexile Framework for Reading
Students are more likely to read books that match their current reading level. By using Lexile measures, teachers can assign and recommend books and other reading materials that will help students develop stronger reading skills. Parents can use Lexiles to select texts that reinforce what teachers are trying to accomplish in the classroom. It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents and educators should always consider these other factors when making a decision about which book to choose.
The Virginia Lexile Framework Map (PDF) provides a sampling of titles with corresponding Lexile levels. The framework illustrates how Lexiles can be used to support students and to monitor their progress as they learn to become better readers. Additional book titles have been measured on the Lexile scale and can be found under Look up a Book. Books listed are not endorsed or recommended by the Virginia Department of Education.
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