What is a Lexile?

A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. For example, if a student receives an 880L on her end-of-grade reading test, she is an 880 Lexile reader. Higher Lexile measures represent a higher level of reading ability. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1700L for advanced readers. Readers who score at or below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader. 

Teachers and parents can best serve a student's literacy needs when they treat him or her as a unique individual, rather than as a test score or a grade-level norm or average. The reading abilities of young people in the same grade at school can vary just as much as their shoe sizes. However, grade-leveling methods commonly are used to match students with books.

Below is a chart that relates your child’s RIT score to a certain Lexile Range. 

Reading Status Norms (RIT Values and Lexile Levels)

Grade

Beginning-of-Year

End-of-Year

Lexile Range

 

RIT

RIT

 

K

147.6

156.3

 

1

160.2

171.9

25-325

2

179.7

189.6

350-525

3

191.6

199

550-675

4

200.1

205.8

700-775

5

206.7

211.1

800-875

6

211.6

214.8

900-950

7

215.4

217.9

975-1025

8

219.0

221.2

1050-1075

9

220.9

222.6

1100-1125

10

223.9

225.4

1150-1175

11

225.2

225.6

1200+

 

 

Parents: Convert your child’s reading score to the box below.  Refer to the chart above to find your child’s appropriate grade-level ability and Lexile Range.  For more information on lexile levels and book lists that are appropriate for your child please go to www.lexile.com and also visit our school library website, http://bchslibrary.org/library/.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Instructions for Lexile Level Searches.”

 

 

MAP READING SCORE __________ = Grade Level _________   Lexile Level__________