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Published on February 12, 2008

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The Lexile Framework® for Reading:  The Lexile Framework® for Reading “Matching readers to text” A Presentation for Librarians and Educators by Lorena Wilder Library Media Teacher Creekside Middle School 1330 Creekside Drive Monument, CO 80132 November 2006 --The Lexile Framework® for Reading MetraMetrics, Inc. What are Lexiles?:  What are Lexiles? “Scientific approach to reading and text measurement” “Matches reader ability and text difficulty, allowing individualized monitoring of progress.” Research shows improves reading skills MetraMetrics website. Who developed Lexiles?:  Who developed Lexiles? Program developed in 1984 in with a grant from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Gary L. Williamson, Ph.D., educational researcher associated with the University of North Carolina. Founding member of Lexile research team Co-founder of MetaMetrics, Inc. Who developed Lexiles?:  Who developed Lexiles? MetraMetrics, Inc. a for-profit company. run by a team of “psychometricians” has about 50 employees charges publishers for lexile information on text documents test publishers pay royalties when students take lexile tests How do Lexiles work? :  How do Lexiles work? 2 parts to Lexiles: Lexile measure Lexile scale How do Lexiles work?:  How do Lexiles work? Lexile measure (the TEXT): Reading ability or text difficulty score followed by an “L” (e.g. “850L”) Measures how difficult a text is to comprehend: semantic difficulty (word frequency) syntactic complexity (sentence length) MetraMetrics website. How do Lexiles work:  How do Lexiles work Lexile scale (the READER): Developmental scale for reading Range from below 200L (beginning-reader material) to above 1700L (advanced text). MetraMetrics website. How does Lexile compare to grade level?:  How does Lexile compare to grade level? Lexile scores in a range of numbers More accurate than grade level Compare to “shoe size” What Lexile does NOT measure::  What Lexile does NOT measure: Content - complexity of plot complexity of character(s) Quality - “good” books books to “hook” reluctant readers Developmental suitability Age-appropriateness Prior knowledge required for comprehension Slide10:  How do we measure the students? Slide11:  Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing program. “nonprofit assessment organization that provides testing to more than 1,900 U.S. schools” Pearson’s PASeries® (Progress Assessment Series® “first formative assessment product line designed to forecast student growth toward state performance standards” Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) “research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment … that measures students’ level of reading comprehension and reports it using the Lexile Framework® for Reading” Which books are lexiled?:  Which books are lexiled? “Over 450 publishers Lexile their titles” “Tens of thousands of books” “Tens of millions of newspaper & magazine articles.” MetraMetrics website. How can you find these books?:  How can you find these books? Metametric’s website: http://www.lexile.com EBSCO & ProQuest (online subscription databases) NoveList (online subscription database) Most public libraries do not show lexiles in OPAC system. How can you find these books?:  How can you find these books? Many school library management systems include Lexile as an option. Example: about one-half of Creekside Library Media Center’s total collection is lexiled: 80% of fiction 30% of biography 25% of other nonfiction Some Lexile observations::  Some Lexile observations: Nonfiction tends to score higher than fiction. Most middle school fiction books fall in the 600L to 1000L range. Fantasy fiction tends to score high Mystery fiction tends to score low More Lexile observations::  More Lexile observations: Most authors tend to be consistent in their lexile scoring No apparent correlation between book length and lexile score. Not necessarily a correlation between target audience and lexile score. Slide17:  And now for a look at not-so-random sample of “middle school” books and how they rank in the lexile ratings… Conclusions:  Conclusions Don’t rely on lexile stickers (numbered or color-coded) placed on the books Teach students how to use OPAC or programs such as NoveList to search for books in lexile range. Respect confidentiality And remember that… Slide21:  Lexile is a good measuring tool, but it is just one factor in great book selection! References & Suggested Reading:  References & Suggested Reading The Lexile Framework® for Reading. MetaMetrics. <http://lexile.com>. "Andrew Kyngdon Joins Durham-Based MetaMetrics Inc. as Senior Research Scientist." dBusinessNews: Daily Business News Delivered to Your Desktop. 24 Oct 2006. dBusinessNews. 6 Nov 2006 <http://www.dbusinessnews.com/shownews.php?newsid=96277&type_news=past>. Ezarik, Melissa. "Text Demands on Students Don't Meet Life's Demands." Curriculum Update June 2005. Glick, Andrea, and Renee Olson. "Company Touts System to Match Students and Books." School Library Journal Sep 1998: 94. Jones, Chip. “Measure of Difficulty." Richmond Times-Dispatch 4 May 2006. Reid, Calvin. "Lexile Ratings Catch On." Publishers Weekly 6 Sep 2004: 8.

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