Lexile Information

What is a Lexile measure?

A Lexile measure indicates the reading level of an individual or a book, and is represented as a number folowed by an "L" (for example 700L).
By comparing your child's Lexile measure with the Lexile measure of a book, you can decide whether its text demand will be too difficult, too easy or just right for your child's reading ability. To best strengthen his or her reading skills, your child should read books within his or her Lexile range.


What is your child's recommended Lexile range?

Your child's Lexile range spans from 100L below to 50L above his or her Lexile measure. When your son or daughter reads within his or her Lexile range, he or she should be able to comprehend enough of the book to make sense of it, while still being sufficiently challenged to maintain interest and learning.


How does your child get a Lexile measure in Georgia?

A student, in grades 3-8, receives a Lexile measure from either the riterion-Referenced Competency tests (CRCT). Van Wert Elementary also administers the myON reading test which includes the Lexile measure as well.


How can you use Lexile measures to help a child find books?

With the free "Find a Book, Georgia" search tool, you can help your son or daughter select books that best match his or her reading ability (Lexile measures), interest and goals. It's easy and fun to use!

1. Go to Lexile.com/fab/GA

2. Enter your child's Lexile measure.

3. Have your child select interest categories.

4. View and refine the search results.

5. Print your child's custom reading list as needed.


Should your child try to read books outside of his or her Lexile range?

Your child can read books that are above or below his or her Lexile range. However, books that are below your child's Lexile range may offer little challenge in terms of new vocabulary and complex grammatical structures. Similarly, books that are above his or her Lexile range may be too challenging and discourage the reader.


How is the Lexile measure of a book determined?

A book's Lexile measure is based on two characteristics: word frequency and sentence length. Once these factors are determined, MetaMetrics uses a proprietary scientific equation to assign a Lexile measure to the text, ranging from below 200L for early reader text to above 1600L for more advanced text. More than 150,000 books have Lexile measures, and this number continues to grown.


Is a Lexile measure the only criteria to consider when picking a book?

A Lexile measure is a measure of text complexity only. It does not address the subject matter or text quality, age-appropriateness of the content or your child's interests. The Lexile measure is one piece of information that your son or daughter can use to select books.