Lexile Information for Parents

Lexile Information for Parents


Q. What is a lexile?

A. A lexile is a reading level determined by examining the difficulty of text based on vocabulary and sentence structure. (Most text fall between 200 and 1800.)

Q. What does it mean when someone reads at a certain lexile?

A. The lexile is the score a student has received using the Scholastic Reading Inventory. This number indicates the level at which your child reads.

Q. What does a lexile tell me about a book I have not read?

A. The lexile can only tell you about the comparative difficulty of the sentence structure and the level of vocabulary. A lexile does not give any information about the age appropriateness of the text.  Because of this, close attention should be paid to content when selecting books for children. For example, the adult book, The Firm written by John Grisham, and the children*s book, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, both have a lexile of 680.

Q. Is there ever a time when the lexile level of a book should be ignored?

A. When a student is reading for pleasure they should be allowed to choose any materials they wish at any level. When a child selects a book because they are interested in it, they should be encouraged to pursue that interest.

Q. Is there a lexile for every book ever published?

A. At this time MetaMetrics, Inc. has approximately 25,000 books lexiled.

Q. How do I find the lexile of books in the library?

A. Lexile levels can be found by searching the web site below.

Destiny Library Catalog

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