Look up Lexiles and other "Readability Measures" aligned with CCSS at these links:
What is a Lexile...Essential understandings:
· Pleasure reading should be allowed at any level and this is validated in the Common Core, Appendix A, page 9, paragraph 1:
(Source: CCSSO white paper)
Lexile chart from CCSS, Appendix A:
Be sure to note that Microsoft Word's Flesch-Kincaid assessment has been proven valid.
Rubrics for text complexity:
Every reading program (F & P, AR, Reading Counts, etc.) uses as it's baseline, some metric to measure difficulty or "readability".
Please click on the colored chart below to see just how these Lexile scores approximately translate to other reading programs you may use. Using the chart below (or other similar found on the Internet) you can "translate" one reading level benchmark measurement for another's (approximately).
|Our library catalogs have lexile levels noted for books. You will have the ability to search a curriculum topic and a Lexile level (See picture below). Using these tools, you will be able to assist students and teachers in choosing books that are targeted at their unstructional or reading level. Often the books in the library are higher quality than the pre-canned books that are available in a book room. Quality literature should enhance the student's reading experience.|
We can conclude that this information while seemingly important, will not always be embraced by classroom teachers, literacy specialists, and our colleagues. Librarians can play a vital role in knowing just "why" this has all been put before us. Remember--the goal is to graduate CCR students who can read material at the 1250-1400 level with understanding. As this article points out, the assessments related to CCSS have the Lexile bands in mind.
You can try all the Complexity Analyzers at these sites :
ATOS analyzer:Renaissance Learning:
Coh-MetrixEasability Tool. University of Memphis: http://22.214.171.124/cohmetrixgates/Home.aspx?Login=1
Degrees of Reading Power: DRPAnalyzer—Questar Assessment, Inc. www.questarai.com(Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-845-277-1600 with requests for DRP TextAnalysis Services).
Pearson Reading Maturity—Pearson KnowledgeTechnologies
Beta site available at: www.readingmaturity.com
REAP—Carnegie Mellon University
Source Rater Educators Testing Service
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