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Learning the Lexile

  1. 1. Learning the Lexile Rachel Steiner School of Information Sciences University of Tennessee - Knoxville TASL Conference November 5, 2010
  2. 2. What is the Lexile Framework?  A method for matching readers with appropriately-leveled texts and gauging comprehension  Reader ability - text readability = reader comprehension  Developed by MetaMetrics after 20 years of research  Currently linked with year-end assessments in over 20 states
  3. 3. Where do Lexile Scores Come From?  Texts are measured based on two criteria: sentence length and word frequency  Student ability is determined through Lexile testing:  State assessments  http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/How-to-get-lexile-measures/states/  Norm-Referenced Tests  http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/How-to-get-lexile-measures/norm-formative/  Various Reading Programs  http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/How-to-get-lexile-measures/readingprograms/  SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory)  Barnes and Noble informal assessment  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reading-level-reading-books-lexile/search.asp?cds2Pi
  4. 4. How Does the Lexile Work?  It is not a grade level equivalent!  The Shoe Store Example  “Ideal” Lexile range is 100L below - 50L above a student’s Lexile score.  What it means to have a student with a 1000L reading a book with a 1000L. From What Does the Lexile Measure Mean? MetaMetrics, 2009 www.lexile.com
  5. 5. The Lexile and Grade Level Equivalents (GLE)  Lexile  individual measure specific to each child  less of a stigma if a child is not reading “on grade level”  texts and readers are measured on the same scale  it is a more developmental scale (ie: moving from 210L- 310L shows the same growth as moving from 810L-910L)  GLE  based on tests which compare one student to another  Is not accurate for all readers in a grade level (ie: all 5th graders do not read on a 5th grade level)  Not as developmental (ie: moving from 2.4-2.8 does not show the same growth as moving from 8.4-8.8) The moral of the story: A Lexile is not a grade level equivalent!
  6. 6. But… *IQR = Inter Quartile Range Chart from: http://www.lexile.com/ about-lexile/grade- equivalent/grade- equivalent-chart/ Students reading below 0L are considered “BR” (beginning readers).
  7. 7. Criticism of the Lexile  It is limiting  Does not take book content into account. For example: QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  8. 8. The Explanation  Lexile Codes  * AD: Adult Directed  * NC: Non-Conforming  * HL: High-Low  * IG: Illustrated Guide  * GN: Graphic Novel  * BR: Beginning Reading  * NP: Non-Prose  Where the Wild Things Are: AD740L  Going Bovine: HL680L
  9. 9. The Justification  “Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book- selection process, but these other factors should be considered when making a decision about which book to choose.” - What Does the Lexile Measure Mean? Meta Metrics, 2009. www.lexile.com
  10. 10. How Lexiles Are Being Used Research Based Practices  Make it a school-wide effort  “Lexile” the library  Invest in a testing software  Scholastic Reading Inventory / Scholastic Reading Counts!  Make sure each student knows what his/her Lexile is!  Encourage students to track their own progress and retest periodically (each quarter)  Recognize students who make improvements
  11. 11. How to Use Lexiles in the Library Getting the Lexile Measure for Your Books  Cataloging services that have Lexile measures  Alexandria  Follett  Library Resource Management Systems  Marcive  Mitinet  Surpass  www.barnesandnoble.com book search  Lexile “Find a Book” http://www.lexile.com/fab/
  12. 12. Resources for Educators  www.lexile.com  www.lexile.com/fab  http://www.lexile.com/analyzer/  http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp? id=4476  http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/sri_reading_ assessment/programoverview.htm  http://tennessee.gov/education/assessment/achiev ement.shtml
  13. 13. Works Cited  Krashen, Stephen. “The Lexile Framework: Unnecessary and Potentially Harmful.” California School Library Association Journal 24(2): 25-26, 2001.  The Lexile Framework for Reading Fact Sheet. MetaMetrics. 2009. www.lexile.com  The Lexile Framework for Reading website. www.lexile.com.  Stenner, Jackson A. “Does the Reader Comprehend the Text Because the Reader is Able or Because the Text is Easy?” presented at The 13th International Objective Measurement Workshop. April 5-7, 2006.  What Does the Lexile Measure Mean?. MetaMetrics. 2009. www.lexile.com

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