What's a Lexile Score?
June 19, 2013
A lexile score measures either a person’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text. The higher the number, the more advanced a reader or text is. It’s important to know what your child’s reading level is and to help them find books that are both within their lexile range and slightly above it so they can be challenged to improve. For more information, visit lexile.com, or check out this great fact sheet.
We offer two terrific databases that can help you find books based on lexile scores, they are The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database and NoveList K-8 Plus (advanced search). If you need assistance using these databases, we’re happy to help!
If you don’t happen to know what your child’s reading ability is, we recommend using the five finger rule. Have your child choose a book that appeals to them and turn to a random page. Next, have your child read that page aloud to you. Every time they come to a word they can’t read or don’t know what it means, have them hold up a finger. If they use all the fingers on one hand before they finish that page, it is probably too difficult for them to read by themselves. So as not to discourage them, make it a point to read that one together!
The Reading Specialist or Media Specialist at your school is a good resource for recommendations of reading material, too. Be sure to give them a call if you have concerns or a question about your child’s reading progress.
Blue Ridge Branch