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Lexile Rankings and Other Readability Formulae: Finding Grade-Level/Reading-Level Appropriate Children's Books   Tags: lexile, readbility  

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What is a Lexile Ranking?

What is a Lexile Ranking? 

    A Lexile Ranking is a number calculated upon several factors, such as sentence length, and word-frequency characteristics, that indicates how readable a particular text is by a child at a particular grade level.   For information on how it came about in 1998, and by what formula the numbers are calculated, see:  http://www.lexile.com

For an excellent analysis of the pluses and minuses of the Lexile Ranking system, plus other readability ranking methods, see Reading Instruction Today: Matching Books and Readers by Linda Diekman:  http://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/~diekman/LIS590/Matching.htm

See also:

Tools for Matching Readers to Texts: Research-Based Practices by Heidi Anne E. Mesmer (LB 1573 .M452 2008)

How do Lexile Rankings relate to grade levels?

Grade 1

Lexile Range   200-350

Grade 7

Lexile Range   880-1090

Grade 2

Lexile Range   350-500

Grade 8 

Lexile Range   910-1140

Grade 3

Lexile Range   500-750

Grade 9

Lexile Range   1030-1160

Grade 4

Lexile Range   620-910

Grade 10

Lexile Range   1080-1210

Grade 5

Lexile Range   730-960

Grade 11

Lexile Range   1130-1260

Grade 6

Lexile Range   800-1030

Grade 12

Lexile Range   1180-1300

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