The Lexile Framework is one tool for looking at a reader’s ability in relation to the difficulty of text. It is a tool, one that is recommended in the Common Core. Think of it as a knowledge base that can enhance reading methods and sharpen the focus of instructional programs currently in use in a school or district. Used in conjunction with an educator’s professional judgment, the Lexile Framework provides:
· A way to define (with books and other text materials) what is above grade level, on grade level, and below grade level, according to the standardized test used.
· A way to understand a student’s location on the reading spectrum, based on their performance on a standardized test or informal assessment.
· A way to align classroom libraries, resource materials, textbooks, and library materials to standardized tests such as MAPS.
The Lexile level is based on two factors: sentence length and word frequency. Generally easier text has shorter sentences and words that are used frequently in our language; harder text has longer, more complicated sentences and words that are less frequently used. By searching for titles, authors, topics, or by numerical range on www.lexile.com, you can create book lists for students based on their current reading levels or to match the recommended range for your grade level. Searching for books is free; other testing and support materials from publishers are available for purchase.