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Lexile measures are a valuable resource for parents to encourage literacy and learning at home. Access our Lexile Parent Guide and the resources below to find out more.

Is My Child’s Lexile Measure “Good” for Their Grade?

You might be wondering how your child’s Lexile measure compares to their peers. Lexile Grade Level Charts can help you explore the ranges of students’ Lexile measures for each grade. Please keep in mind that:

  • Lexile measures are not directly tied to grade levels.
  • There is a wide range of Lexile measures within each grade.

So is your child’s Lexile measure “good”? Yes! It gives you more information about your child’s reading ability than any other reading score, along with tools to support your child with personalized reading materials and track their progress toward college and career readiness.

If you’re curious, read more about why Lexile measures are more useful than grade-equivalent scores.

Should My Child Read a Book Outside of Their Lexile Range?

If your child is browsing through a book, that’s a good thing! Lexile measures are a guide, helping you make a more informed choice about reading materials. A reader’s Lexile range spans from 100L below to 50L above their Lexile measure, but you can choose books outside that range. Here are some tips:

  • If a book is above your child’s Lexile range, she may try to read it, especially if it’s a topic that interests her. Support reading by helping look up the meaning of tougher words and connecting your child with other resources on the topic.
  • Choosing books below your child’s Lexile range is fine for any type of reader, but can be especially helpful for struggling and reluctant readers. It may help build confidence while learning about new topics and interests. The Find a Book tool makes it easy to find materials with easier-to-read text but age-appropriate content. Look for books with an HL (high-interest, low-readability) code. Read more about Lexile codes.

Unfamiliar With The Lexile® Framework for Reading?

Start here to learn more about how Lexile measures help students learn at home and in school.

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Summer Reading

Educators see it every fall: student reading scores slip during summer. It’s a well-documented phenomenon that affects all readers. Read more about strategies to stop the summer reading slide.

Learn about Lexile tools that enhance your child’s reading experience.

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