What to do with a Lexile Measure

Lexile measures are a great way to find great books for a reader, but they can help teachers, librarians and parents do so much more.

Teachers use Lexile measures to customize their instruction to their students. Using Lexile measures, educators connect students with instructional resources that match their individual reading ability. When it comes to reading material, tens of thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, tens of millions of articles and hundreds of Web sites have Lexile measures, and these numbers grow every day. Teachers can target and differentiate instruction with Lexile measures.

Librarians use Lexile measures to support classroom teachers and enhance instruction, connect readers with books they not only can read but will want to read, and assist parents in knowing how best to support their young learners. Some librarians even arrange their collections to suit the ability levels and ranges of their patrons, so readers can know how a book relates to their reading ability before they pull it off the shelf.

Parents use Lexile measures to help their children with homework and school reading, and to guide their children in picking leisure reading. A child's Lexile range is like a reading safety zone. When parents know their child's Lexile measure, they know how to challenge independent readers and help struggling readers—without themselves having to read every book in the library.