About Lexile Measures for Reading
Whether your child struggles to read or can’t get enough, the Lexile® Framework for Reading helps you, your child and educators personalize learning to help them navigate the path to college and career readiness.
The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach that places both the reader and text on the same developmental scale, making it easy to connect your child with books targeted to their reading ability.
Two Measures, One Powerful Tool
Your child receives a Lexile reading measure from a test at school or a state assessment. A Lexile reading measure can range from below 0L for early readers to above 2000L for advanced readers. Readers who score below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader. If you don’t know your child’s Lexile reader measure, ask their teacher.
More than 100 million books, articles and websites have received Lexile text measures. Materials receive Lexile text measures based on factors like their vocabulary and complexity. For example, the first Harry Potter book measures 880L, so it has a Lexile text measure of 880L.
Using the Lexile reading measure and the Lexile text measure together is what makes Lexile measures different from any other reading score. You can use your child’s Lexile measure to engage them in reading materials that accelerate their skills, or, for advanced readers, find materials that offer more challenge but are also age-appropriate.
Reading Comprehension Sweet Spot
Students and parents should look for reading materials with a reading comprehension “sweet spot” of 100L below to 50L above their reported Lexile measure. Reading materials in this range will provide an ideal level of challenge while maintaining comprehension.