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When a child’s first language is Spanish, it can be challenging to measure reading progress and find the right level of reading materials. This issue affects millions of students, as Spanish children are now the second-largest student population enrolled in U.S. public schools.1

El Sistema Lexile® para Leer helps children keep up when their first language isn’t English. Just like the Lexile Framework® for Reading, parents can use their child’s Spanish Lexile measure to find “just right” Spanish language reading materials.

For example, imagine a fifth-grade class learning about cells in a biology unit. The science textbook might be difficult for a student whose first language is Spanish to comprehend. For this lesson, the parent or teacher could use the student’s Spanish Lexile measure to connect them with ability-appropriate, supplemental materials on the topic, keeping them on track to meet state performance standards while strengthening their reading skills in their native language.

1 National Center for Education Statistics. Fast Facts: English Language Learners

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