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Whether your child struggles to read or cannot get enough, the Lexile Framework for Reading helps you, your child and educators personalise learning to help them navigate the path from learning to read, to reading to learn and on through higher education and career readiness. The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach that places both the child and text on the same developmental scale, making it easy to connect your child with books targeted to their reading ability.

The Lexile Framework for Reading provides valuable information for you and your child, and your child’s teachers. Lexile measures for ability and text difficulty:

  • Allow educators to personalise learning for your child.
  • Provide an actionable tool to help your children be more confident and engaged in reading.
  • Help you find resources that match your child’s reading level.
  • Provide a talking point to discuss your child’s reading progress with their teacher.

Two Measures, One Powerful Tool

Your child may receive a Lexile student measure from a test at school or through a reading programme. A Lexile student measure can range from below 0L for students just learning to read to above 2000L for advanced students. Students who score below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader. If you don’t know your child’s Lexile student measure, ask their teacher.

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 student measure and the Lexile text measure together is what makes Lexile measures different from any other reading score. You can use your child’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.

Reading Comprehension Sweet Spot

Students and parents should look for reading materials with a reading comprehension “sweet spot” 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. Without a precise Lexile measure for a learner, identifying a good Lexile range for a learner is possible. By identifying Lexile measured materials that are read comfortably by a learner, a teacher or parent can help define the target Lexile range at which to begin.