Reading on Grade Level?

Lexile Measure & Tips

The Importance of Reading on Grade Level

We must aim to teach children to read in first grade. Children who don’t read by then only have a one in eight chance of catching up. Helping our children read well by the end of third grade is also important because that’s when children move on from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” and use more challenging texts. In fact, reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Kids who can’t read well are more likely to drop out, be limited to low paying jobs and never reach their full potential.

What is Lexile?

The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring reading ability and the text demand of reading materials.


Matching Readers with Text

The Lexile Framework assesses both sides of reading development— the reader and the material being read. The Lexile Framework reports a Lexile reading measure and a Lexile Text Measure. When a Lexile text measure matches a Lexile reader measure, a targeted reading experience can occur. Over 100 million books, articles and websites have received Lexile text measures. Both Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures are reported on the Lexile scale and are represented by a number followed by the letter “L” (i.e. 1000L).

How You Can Help

1. Ask your child's teacher for their Lexile Level and their Lexile Level goal.

2. Pick the right books for your child to read. If they can read the 1st page they're good to go! Encourage them to check out books from the Media Center weekly.

3. Use Raz-Kids daily. www.raz-kids.org (You can get login information from their teacher or the media specialist).

4. Use ebooks! You can bring your phone or any device to the media center to scan QR codes to download ebooks permanently.

5. Read with your child every day & celebrate accomplishments.