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Whether a learner struggles to read in English or is an avid reader, the Lexile Framework for Reading helps English language learners on the path to success. Lexile measures are a valuable tool for measuring English language learners’ growth and predicting future success.

Two Measures, One Powerful Tool

The Lexile Framework for Reading is different from other reading scales. The Lexile Framework can produce two measures, one for English reading performance and another for text difficulty. The Lexile® scale is like a thermometer from below 0L for beginner levels to above 2000L for advanced levels. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an “L” after it. When a Lexile text measure matches a Lexile learner measure, this is called a “targeted” reading experience. The learner will likely have some challenge with the text, but not enough to get frustrated. This is the best way to grow as a learner — with text that is not too hard but not too easy.

Reading Comprehension Range

Learners should look for reading materials with a reading comprehension range of 100L below to 50L above their reported Lexile measure. Reading materials in this range will provide an ideal level of challenge while maintaining comprehension. In order to have a unique Lexile measure for a learner, a Lexile-linked assessment must be administered. Even without a precise Lexile measure for a learner, identifying a good Lexile range is possible. By identifying Lexile measured materials that are read comfortably by a learner, an educator can help define the target Lexile range at which to begin.

More than 100 million books, articles and websites have received Lexile text measures. Materials receive Lexile text measures based on factors like their vocabulary and complexity.

Using the Lexile learner measure and the Lexile text measure together is what makes Lexile measures different from any other reading score. You can use your learner’s Lexile measure to engage them in reading materials that accelerate their skills, or, for advanced readers, find materials that offer more challenge but are also age-appropriate.

Here are just a few ways to use Lexile measures:

  • Personalise learning. Personalise learning by using free Lexile resources to connect learners with engaging materials in their Lexile range.
  • Differentiate instruction. When all learners in a classroom are using the same book, Lexile measures help educators predict which learners might need extra help, and which ones might need enrichment.
  • Communicate effectively. Lexile measures offer a way to communicate about reading progress and goals.
  • Forecast comprehension. The Lexile Framework helps educators and learners forecast learners’ comprehension of a text by knowing their Lexile learner measures.

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