Lexile overview

The Lexile Framework® for Reading, commonly referred to as the Lexile Framework, has been linked to the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts in grades 3-8 and high school. The tests are administered to students statewide. The benefit to educators is that the Lexile measures can be used to bridge assessment and instruction.

The Lexile Framework for Reading

The Lexile® Framework for Reading evaluates reading ability and text complexity on the same developmental scale. When an assessment is linked with the Lexile Framework, students' test scores immediately become actionable. 

Developed by MetaMetrics in Durham, North Carolina, The Lexile Framework is based on more than 20 years of research funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The distinct approach to measuring readers and texts has resulted in Lexile adoptions by departments of education in nearly half the states and school districts in all 50 states.

More information about the Lexile Framework can be found at Lexile.com.

What is a Lexile Measure?

There are two Lexile® measures: the Lexile reader measure and the Lexile text measure. A Lexile reader measure represents a person's reading ability on the Lexile scale. A Lexile text measure represents a text's difficulty level on the Lexile scale. When used together, Lexile measures help a reader choose a book or other reading material that is at an appropriate difficulty level and can predict how well a reader will likely comprehend a text at a specific Lexile level. For example, if a reader has a Lexile measure of 1000L, he will be forecasted to comprehend approximately 75 percent of a book with the same Lexile measure (1000L). The 75-percent comprehension rate is called "targeted" reading.

Today, Lexile measures are recognized as the most widely used reading metrics. Lexile measures connect learners of all ages with resources at the right level of challenge and monitor their progress toward state and national learning standards. Lexile measures range from below 200L for emergent readers and text to above 1600L for advanced readers and text.

Lexile Measures in Hawai‘i

Students will receive a Lexile measure from the Hawai‘i State Department of Education assessment for ELA. Click here to view a score report sample containing Lexile measure information.

Students, parents and educators can access the Hawaii State Public Library for an abundance of online newspaper and magazine articles that match their Lexile range.

Using Lexile Measures to assess college and career readiness

The goal of Hawai‘i's standards is to ensure that students are ready for college and career after high school.  An important factor for readiness is a student's ability to read and understand texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. The Lexile Framework provides valuable insights into student readiness by measuring both the complexity of college and career texts and a student's ability to comprehend these texts.

For questions or more information on Lexile measures, contact the Assessment Section at 808-733-4100.

Lexile resources

"Find a Book, Hawaii"
Once students have their Lexile measure, they can search for titles matching their Lexile level using the free "Find a Book, Hawaii" (https://fab.lexile.com/fab/hawaii/) search tool. From there, students can build custom reading lists and check the availability of books at their local library. Access the resources below to learn more about "Find a Book, Hawaii."

Lexile Book Titles Database
The database contains Lexile measures for tens of thousands of books from hundreds of publishers and is offered free of charge to educators.

Lexile Map
The Lexile map provides examples of popular books and sample text at various points on the Lexile scale, from 200L for emergent reader books to 1600L for more advanced texts. It's a quick reference guide that helps to show what a Lexile measure represents. Access the Hawaii Lexile maps below.

Lexile® Analyzer
The Lexile Analyzer (Lexile.com/analyzer) measures the complexity of the text by breaking down the entire piece and studying its characteristics which represent the syntactic and semantic challenges that the text presents to a reader. The outcome is the text complexity, expressed as a Lexile measure, along with information on the word count, mean sentence length and mean log frequency.

Lexile® Overview Video
This six-minute animated YouTube video on the basic concepts and uses of the Lexile® Framework for Reading is the perfect resource for educators and parents who are new to Lexile measures. Please click on the image below to view the video. For more educational videos, visit our YouTube channel.

The Lexile® Infographic
This printer-friendly graphic shows everything you need to know about the Lexile® Framework for Reading in one easy to understand graphic.

The Lexile® Framework for Reading Fact Sheet
A two-page description of how The Lexile Framework for Reading links assessment with reading instruction.

Lexile® Measures at Home
This webpage contains topics and links that detail ways you can use a child's Lexile measure—and the Lexile measures of books and other reading materials—to foster literacy and learning at home.

Lexile® by Chapter Guides
Lexile by Chapter Guides explore the text complexity within a book by providing Lexile measures for every chapter in the text. Each guide includes a graph and table displaying the Lexile information to help educators, parents, and students better understand where the peaks and valleys of complexity reside within a text.

Parent Lexile Brochure
A two-page overview of the value and utility of the link between The Lexile Framework for Reading and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

The Lexile® PowerV Vocabulary Tool
The Lexile® PowerV Vocabulary Tool identifies up to 10 challenging words in each book that are important for students to know. These words may be difficult for a student who is targeted with the book. Parents and students can use the tool to identify words students might want to familiarize themselves with prior to reading a particular book.

Lexile® Growth Planner
You may wonder if a child will be prepared for the reading requirements of college and the workplace upon graduation. The Lexile® Growth Planner provides some insight on this topic. With the Lexile Growth Planner, you can chart a child's reading growth across different annual state assessments, forecast future reading growth, compare that forecasted reading growth with the text demands of college and careers, and, if needed, identify a custom growth path to ensure the child graduates college and career ready.

Contact Information

Assessment Section

Phone: 808-733-4100


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