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Children's Literature

This is a guide to the study of children's literature at Wayne State University.

What's a Lexile Measure?

Lexile Framework for Reading

Many schools in the United States use Lexile Measures to rate students' reading comprehension levels, and then use these measures to create curriculum and assignments. A Lexile Measure "scores" the difficulty of text and the reading level of readers. A student gets his or her Lexile measure from a reading test or program. The Lexile measure is a part of the "Lexile Framework for Reading." According the Lexile website,

The Lexile Framework for Reading is a system that can help determine the reading level of any written material—from a book to a test item. The Lexile Framework can also be used to assess a readers' reading comprehension level. After test results are converted into Lexile measures, readers can be matched to reading materials on their own level and comprehension rates of readers can be forecasted to determine how well a reader will comprehend thousands of texts that have been measured in the Lexile metric.

Lexile and Grade Level Conversion Charts

Students, parents and teachers often wonder how their Lexile Measure translates to their general grade level. This chart compares Lexile Measures with another popular reading assessment tool, the "Accelerated Reader tool.

Although Lexile and Accelerated Reader are among the more popular reading comprehension tools used by many schools, dozens of testing tools compete in the marketplace to measure reading comprehension. This chart shows a correlation between Lexile, AR, and a couple of other tools.

An Introduction to the Lexile Framework

Additional Reading Assessment Tools