The Lexile Framework helps match readers with appropriate texts for their reading abilities. There is no direct link between a grade level and a Lexile measure because students' reading levels can vary widely within a grade. Lexile measures are meant to provide a range as well as measurements that correspond to guided reading levels for group instruction. Guided reading levels run from kindergarten to sixth grade and are meant to correctly challenge students when they are supported by a teacher.
Reading Levels and Lexile Ranges
Lexile measures do not address the content or quality of texts. They are solely based on word frequency and sentence length. Guided reading levels take comprehension skills into consideration. Lexile levels run from beginning reader to 1070L. Guided reading levels run from A through Z. Certain grade levels have smaller ranges of guided reading and Lexile levels, while others are more expansive. For instance, kindergarten readers generally fall within guided reading level A through D with a Lexile measure of beginning reader, whereas grade-one readers may fall within levels A through I with a Lexile range of 190L to 530L.
Reading Levels and Lexile Correspondence
Scholastic guided reading levels correspond to Lexile measures as follows: kindergarten -- guided reading level A through D, Lexile beginning reader; grade one -- A through I, Lexile range 190L to 530L; grade 2 -- E through N, Lexile 420L to 650L; grade 3 -- J through Q, Lexile 520L to 820L; grade 4 -- M through T, Lexile 740L to 940L; grade 5 -- Q through W, Lexile 830L to 1010L; grade 6 -- T through Z, Lexile 925L to 1070L. There may be some variation depending on which guided reading scale is used, such as Scholastic or Fountas and Pinnell.
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