Do your students struggle with comprehending the information from their textbooks? If you answered yes to this question than I urge you to read this article from Meta Metrics and using the Lexile Framework for Reading.
The Lexile Framework is a unique tool for accurately matching readers with text. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates reading ability and growth based on actual assessment results, rather than generalized age or grade levels. Lexile measures help teachers, librarians and parents find books, articles and other resources within a reader’s recommended Lexile range: 100L below to 50L above his or her Lexile measure. Reading materials within this optimal Lexile range will challenge the individual’s reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning.
Recognized globally as the most widely used reading metric, tens of millions of Lexile measures are reported annually from reading assessments and programs. For more information, visit www.Lexile.com.
A book receives a Lexile measure when MetaMetrics analyzes the complete text using propriety software that evaluates its various dimensions. Lexile measures range from below 200L for beginning-reader text to above 1700L for more advanced text. Books that have been assigned Lexile measures are available in MetaMetrics’ free “Find a Book”search utility, which allows readers to build custom book lists and locate their selections at the local public library. “Find a Book” includes more than 125,000 fiction and nonfiction titles from more than 200 publishers.
MetaMetrics®, developer of The Lexile® Framework for Reading, announced today that 50 new publishers signed on to provide Lexile measures for their books in 2011, including the following publishers in the fourth quarter. Lexile measures offer valuable information about a book’s text complexity that helps readers select fiction and nonfiction titles that best match their unique ability level and reading goals.
“We applaud our new publishing partners for understanding and appreciating the unique value that Lexile measures offer in evaluating text complexity, especially in light of the Common Core.” said MetaMetrics President and co-founder Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. “As schools begin to implement the new standards, it’s important that educators and families understand postsecondary reading demands so that they can help students prepare for success in college and careers.”
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics’ products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics), and writing (The Lexile Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.
Matching Readers With Texts
The Lexile®Framework for Readingis a unique resource for accurately matching readers with text. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates reading ability based on actual assessments, rather than generalized age or grade levels.
The true power of the Lexile Framework is its ability to measure both reading ability and text complexity on the same developmental scale. Other reading level formulas just measure text. It’s like shopping for shoes and only knowing the sizes available. You need to know both the size of the shoe and the foot to have a good fit.
The Lexile Framework is based on more than 20 years of research funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Our distinct approach to measuring readers and texts has resulted in Lexile adoptions by departments of education in nearly half the statesand school districts in all 50 states, and our global reach continues to expand.
Tens of millions of students worldwide now receive a Lexile measure that helps them to find targeted text from a universe of more than 400 million articles, books and websites. Barnes & Nobleoffers the ability to search for books by Lexile measure in stores and online. And the major test and text publishers provide Lexile measures.
The Common Core State Standards for English/Language Artscite Lexile measures as key indicators of text complexity. They provide recommended Lexile bandsfor reading comprehension development by grade levels to ensure students are on track for college and career text demands.
Today, Lexile measures are recognized as the most widely used reading metrics. They are powerful tools for connecting learners of all ages with materials at the right level of challenge and monitoring their progress toward goals and standards. This information was from Meta Metrics website.
For more information on Lexile Measures please visit the Meta Metrics Website at: http://www.lexile.com/m/uploads/downloadablepdfs/updated-files-nov2009/What-does-the-Lexile-measure-mean.pdf
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