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Lexile measures are a valuable resource for educators, but they’re also used by parents nationwide to encourage literacy and learning at home. The tips and resources below provide ways to integrate Lexile measures into your efforts to support your child’s reading development when they’re not at school.

Helping Children at Different Reading Levels

There are many strategies you can use at home to support your child’s emerging literacy skills. These strategies help readers of all levels engage in critical thinking, enhance their thinking and spark their interest in different types of books and topics. Read more about:

Is My Child’s Lexile Measure “Good” for His or Her Grade?

You might be wondering how your child’s Lexile measure compares to his or her peers.

We have a chart that shows the typical range of Lexile measures for each grade. However, it’s important to know 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 towards college and career readiness.

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

Reading Outside of Your Lexile Range

“If a book is outside her Lexile range, should I not let her read it?”

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 young person’s Lexile range spans from 100L below to 50L above his or her 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, who can 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, but especially children with low incomes who have less access to reading materials when not at school. This “summer slide” can develop into a larger gap that leaves some children far behind their peers in literacy skills. 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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