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 808-307-3636.

Lexile Resources and Tools

The Lexile® & Quantile® Hub
The Hub is a site that is free to all Hawaii educators and provides access to all of the Lexile and Quantile tools that support student learning in reading and math. Read tool descriptions below or visit the Hub at hub.lexile.com.

Lexile® Find a Book
Search among over half a million books using the Find a Book browser that:

  • Offers previews of challenging words and their definitions for each book.
  • Identifies the Lexile level and vocabulary by chapter for over 1,600 popular books.
  • Creates and manages personal book lists that can be shared.
  • Searches by a student's Lexile measure or range, grade level, or interests.

Lexile Analyzer®
Paste or type in text of 1,000 words or less to discover:

  • The Lexile range for the text.
  • Early Reading Indicator information for texts 650L and below.
  • Lists of similar books.
  • Challenging words highlighted in the text along with their definitions, parts of speech, example sentences.
  • Toggle to Spanish to paste or type text in Spanish and get a Lexile range.

Lexile® WordLists
Create your own customized lists of consequential words from a collection of 40 million words based on general and academic domain K-12 vocabulary. Lists can be downloaded and printed.

Lexile® Growth Planner
Chart a student's reading growth across different annual state assessments and forecast future growth. With the Growth Planners, you can:

  • Forecast college and career readiness with Lexile measures.
  • Compare individual student results to national student performance.
  • Explore career options along with expected reading demands.
  • View national, state and regional career information.

Lexile®Grade Level Charts
View and print student Lexile measures by grade level. Filter your view by grade(s), time of year, and student population percentiles.

Additional Tools and Resources

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

The Lexile Infographic
Everything you need to know about the Lexile® Framework for Reading in one easy to understand graphic.

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

The Lexile® Framework for Reading Video
This six-minute animated 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 this YouTube channel.

Lexile Map
The Lexile Map provides examples of popular books and sample texts on the Lexile scale ranging from 200L for beginning 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.
   •     Hawaii 8.5x11 Lexile Map
   •     Hawaii 11x17 Lexile Map

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.

Access communications resources including the Lexile parent guide, educator guide, librarian guide, Lexile map, Lexile infographic and video at lexile.com/educator-resources and lexile.com/parent-resources.

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.

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.

Contact Information

Assessment Section

Phone: 808-733-4100


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