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Presentation August 12, 2010, for SMSD Librarians about ESU's Summer Institute for School Librarians
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Lexile Links

Here are links to a few websites that give you more information about Lexile ranges, as well as a link to an introductory video about Lexile and information about Lexile ranges in the SMSD district online databases. See Ms. Crawford if you have any questions or would like more information.

Lexile LibGuide

The Lexile LibGuide with a page about MS Word and Lexile:

  • Lexile LibGuide

Lexile Articles and More Websites


Lexile Resources from The Library @ SMN

  • What is a Lexile Level?

 "A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it — 880L is 880 Lexile.

  • A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. For example, if a student receives an 880L on her end-of-grade reading test, she is an 880 Lexile reader. Higher Lexile measures represent a higher level of reading ability. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1700L for advanced readers. Readers who score at or below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader.
  • A book, article or piece of text gets a Lexile text measure when it's analyzed by MetaMetrics. For example, the first "Harry Potter" book measures 880L, so it's called an 880 Lexile book. A Lexile text measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile text measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors then being considered. Lexile text measures are rounded to the nearest 10L. Text measures at or below 0L are reported as BR for Beginning Reader.

The idea behind The Lexile Framework for Reading is simple: if we know how well a student can read and how hard a specific book is to comprehend, we can predict how well that student will likely understand the book.

When used together, Lexile measures help a reader find books and articles at an appropriate level of difficulty and determine how well that reader will likely comprehend a text. You also can use Lexile measures to monitor a reader's growth in reading ability over time." (From

  • The Librarian can look up many of the new books in The Library @ SMN and see what the Lexile Score is.  Your librarian also can order books from by Lexile score, and teachers or students may easily get a general idea of what a student's Lexile is at the Barnes and Noble Lexile Wizard, then they may find books within their Lexile range by subject, genre, etc. or easily see what the Lexile score is of a specific book through the BN Lexile Level Wizard or through the Findabook function at
  • Research shows that having students read within their Lexile Range increases their reading comprehension, more so than if students read material that is too difficult or too easy. In addition, high school textbooks have been lowering the reading levels while college textbooks have been increasing their reading levels, as have work-related reading materials.
  • If students are having trouble with material in your textbook or while doing research online, some of the Gale Databases from the State Library of Kansas at allow you and your students to find information within a certain Lexile range.


About Lexile Rankings

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:

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:


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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Using Databases

Instructions for the Gale Databases at

  1. Go to a new tab or browser window
  2. Type in
  3. Click on Explore our Resources in the yellow box
  4. Click on Student Resources, History Resources, or other database.
  6. Use the search boxes below and do an advanced search to get Lexile ranges.

Student Resources in Context from


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