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The Lexile Framework An Introduction for Educators Thomas Schnick and Mark Knickelbine Forward by A.J. Stenner An overview created by the Clair E. Gale JHS Professional Learning Team Members: Kass Cornish, Terry Felts, Heath Jackson, Margie Kennedy, Dusty Johnson.
Table of Contents Click book icon to link to each chapter. Chapter 1:The Dynamics of Reading Engagement Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work Chapter 5: Reader, Text, Context: Using Lexiles in Common Reading Situations Chapter 6: Lexiles and Content Reading Contents Continued
Chapter 7: Lexiles in the Media Center Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems. Chapter 9: Using Lexiles to Communicate with the Community Chapter 10: Standard Setting with Lexiles Lesson Plans and Additional ResourcesLesson Plans and Additional Resources Table of Contents Click book icon to link to each chapter. Back
Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Reading Engagement Twenty-two percent of high school seniors fail to reach the level of basic reading competency. The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they do not read well enough, quickly enough or easily enough to ensure comprehension in their content courses in middle and secondary school. Although some men and women with reading disability can and do attain significant levels of academic and occupational achievement, more typically poor readers, unless strategic interventions in reading are afforded them, fare more poorly on the educational and, subsequently, the occupational ladder. Although difficult to translate into actual dollar amounts, the costs to society are probably quite high in terms of lower productivity, underemployment, mental health services, and other measures. When students find it difficult to read, they read less, and its clear that students distaste for reading grows as they get older. Next Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Reading Engagement Reading Engagement People read for a reason The key to reading engagement, is to help each student discover literacy as a means of fulfilling ones desires, of achieving ones purposes, and of satisfying ones curiosity. Next Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Reading Engagement Fifth-Grade Shoes There is no such thing as a pair of fifth grade shoes. When purchasing a pair of shoes, one might ask the following questions. What will the shoes be used for (athletics, dress, hiking, etc) What size of foot does the person have What color or style does the person like Just as it is impossible to assume that all 5 th graders wear the same size shoe, it is also impossible to assume that they all read at the same level. Next Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Reading Engagement Conclusion Guiding students to engaging and rewarding reading experiences can be a very complicated task. Yet, the more we learn about the individual guidance of teachers to literacy experience is a vital part of every childs reading development. The following chapters provide ideas for implementing individual reading activities. Next Table of Contents
Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next Introduction: As with the many reading-related metrics already available – test scores, percentiles, readability formulas, and the like- there is always the danger that we can begin to think of measuring student reading ability to be like measuring rainwater in a tube. Because the numbers we work with have the appearance of hard, objective facts, we begin to think of reading comprehension as something tangible that exists in a readers head. LEXILES – along with other assessment tools – should be considered an approximation of the students ability. They cannot replace the experienced teacher as a judge of appropriateness of material.
The Teacher as a Guide: While especially true for emerging readers, students at all levels need the teacher to serve as a literate, experienced guide who can help them negotiate the many decisions that must be made when choosing a text, whether for learning or sheer enjoyment.... The process of selecting books and supplementary materials is best done as a shared process, the teacher serving as a guide to help students find the texts that reflect their interests and meet their developmental needs. Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next
Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next The Reader: Background of Experience Knowledge of Subject Vocabulary Developmental Level Purpose and Motivation The Text Consistency with students background and reading purpose. Format of the Book Concept Difficulty The Works Organization Authors Purpose The Context Reading Setting Task Given – free reading vs. research Objectives and Outcomes – stated and unstated expectations for reader Factors to Consider:
The Challenge of Matching: By listening to students read aloud, an experienced teacher can spot the more advanced readers as well as the less proficient among the class. Indeed, the intuition born of personal experience will always be the teachers first and most important tool for guiding students. However.... as objective as one may try to be, the possibility for biased or mistaken judgments exists..... Research shows that teacher judgments of the relative difficulty of textual materials can vary by as much as six grade levels (Jorgenson, 1977). Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next
FOR EXAMPLE: While the books below may be commonly placed in the same grade level grouping, their Lexile levels vary more than one might expect. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 900L Every Living Thing1000L A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court1050L Puddnhead Wilson1130L The Prince and the Pauper1600L Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next
The Apples and Oranges Problem: Grade level test scores are based on norms of student achievement; readability formulas are based on mathematical equations that model language difficulty. In short, there is no really relationship between a grade equivalency determined from a test score and one determined from a readability formula. Even though both appear to be giving the same kind of information, both are based on entirely different measurement. As such [grade equivalent] scores are best interpreted solely as an indication that a students performance was above or below average, and not as a reliable measure of student progress. Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next
The Benefits of Lexiles: Introduces a single, common scale that can be used to refer to both student ability and text readability. Easy to understand and universally applicable to any test or reading assessment. Permits us to consider multiple indicators as we judge a students reading ability and development. Chapter 2: Matching Readers and Texts Table of Contents Next
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next What are Lexiles? Lex- refers to words (lexicon.) -iles refers to percentile or a comparative unit of measurement. We use a standard unit with fixed units so that it doesnt change with every reading (no stretchy rulers.)
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next What Does It Measure? Semantic Difficulty: –Word Difficulty Frequently encountered words are the easiest. If we know how frequently a student has been exposed to a word we can derive a difficulty for each word. Originally derived from a body of over 5,000,000 words sampled. Testing has shown the validity of this predictor.
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next Syntactic Difficulty –Reading researchers have found that the best predictor of the difficulty of a sentence is its length. –Longer sentences tend to be more complex or compound. –Longer sentences push the readers short term memory to hold more information. What Does It Measure?
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next Together: Syntactic DifficultySymantec Difficulty By looking at both traits, a set measure of difficulty for a text can be derived. A text high on one scale but low on another may score lower overall because of its area on the graph.
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next Using the same scale: We can measure a students syntactic skills and semantic skills. By using the same scale to measure a texts difficulty and a students ability, Lexiles form a clean comparison. =
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next The Open Range Lexiles describe a range of reading ability for each reader: 100 points below their score and 50 points above. This range shows the area at which a text becomes too easy and thus boring, or too hard and thus stupid. At the students score, the student should be able to grasp 75% of the texts meaning.
Chapter 3: The Lexile Framework – A Common Metric Table of Contents Next Adjusting: By knowing the students range, we can adjust –By guiding students to texts that push them to improve, –By selecting texts which allow students to access information, –And by adjusting to suit other problems which might detract from student understanding.
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next I.Introduction: An absolute scale for reading ability is needed to successfully match students reading skills to difficulty of text and to track the growth of students comprehension abilities. A. The Lexile Framework does this better than any other testing format because Lexiles are divided into regular intervals similar to thermometers. B. Each Lexile unit is a standard measurement of text difficulty and/or student reading competence. (p. 33)
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work II.True Score Theorem A. Combination of students true ability and actual score B. Measurement errors 1. difference in testing procedures 2. testing bias 3. physical well being of student Table of Contents Next
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work II.True Score Theorem C. Difference between students ability and his score is the estimate of error which can identify the range in which the students true score is found. When a student takes an assessment that is targeted to his reading level …, then the standard error of measurement is minimized. (p. 35) D. Multiple observations and then a comparison of the results can minimize the error of measurement. LEXILES CAN DO THESE!! Table of Contents Next
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work III.How Lexiles Measure Text: A. Word Frequency 1. Word frequency in Lexile Analyzer, not in specific text. 2. Over 200 million words in corpus of Lexile Analyzer. B. Sentence Length/Complexity 1. More clauses 2. More information 3. Relationships between the bits of information. 4. Load on short term memory. Table of Contents Next
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work III.How Lexiles Measure Text: C. Lexile Framework inserts these two measurements into an algebraic equation to determine the difficulty of the selected text. D. Anchor Points 1. Thermometer: freezing and boiling points 2. Lexiles: seven first grade primers and Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia. 3. Lexile = 1/1000 of the difference between these two anchor points. 4. Lexile Scale starts at 200 to prevent frequent occurrences of negative values. Table of Contents Next
Chapter 4: Why Lexiles Work IV.Conclusion: A. The Lexile Framework will work on most texts, the only exceptions being poetry, lists, and noncontinuous texts. B. The Lexile Framework is still only an estimate of students comprehension ability and reading skills, but it is the most accurate testing format available. Table of Contents Next
Basic Rule of Thumb: A students Lexile measure represents the level at which the student can read with 75% comprehension. This measure defines 100 Lexiles below and 50 Lexiles above the students measure. Use text lower in the students Lexile range when reading situation is more challenging. For unsupported independent reading, avoid texts that are above the top end of the students Lexile range whenever possible. In all reading situations, use the Lexile scale as an accurate and easy way to communicate abilities, text difficulties, and goals for reading comprehension growth and achievement. Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Stages of Reading Development: It takes most people 20 years to reach the highest stage of reading development. Pre-reading stage – birth to age 6 –Associate words and sounds –Identify rhymes and alliteration –Acquire basic phonemic awareness –Begin to understand that words come in parts and those parts are used to form words Stage One: 6 & 7 year-olds –INITIAL READING AND DECODING –Association of letters to the corresponding parts of spoken words –Notice subtle differences between similar-sounding words –Able to use knowledge to decode words not seen before
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Stage Two: 7 & 8 year-olds –Fluency –Reading familiar books Rereading encourages fluency –Learn to use decoding skills –Competence and confidence comes from rereading familiar words Note: Proper development through this stage requires rereading many easy and familiar texts as well as functional and recreational reading during other parts of the school day. Stage Three: 9 – 11 year-olds –Read for learning and exploration –Read new information for assigned and self-selected purposes –Read to acquire and synthesize information from multiple sources –Begin to acquire individual tastes and preferences
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Stage Four: Junior High / High School –Reading to learn, to enjoy, to accomplish academic work. Reading to do. –Critically analyze texts. –Further develop reading interests Stage Five: College Level and Beyond –Mature reading –Moves from concrete reading to understanding the abstract –Assesses and evaluates information –Motivated by own purposes and tastes –Increases efficiency for career purposes and the breadth and depth of their reading experiences and tastes
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Using Lexiles to Adjust for Stages 1 & 2: Adjustments for recognizable words: –Students should focus on materials at about 50L below personal Lexile measures –Shared reading or reading aloud is VERY important Adjustment for familiar texts –Read aloud to an interested and supportive adult –Needing rereading experiences with familiar texts Adjustments for Stages 3 and Beyond: Automaticity –Occurs when a readers cognitive load shifts from sounding out and recognizing words to reading for meaning Attention High School and Middle School Teachers: Readers who have not yet reached automaticity REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE need to be targeted somewhat differently than more mature readers.
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Teaching Older Readers for Independent Reading: After grade 3, students are expected to be unglued from print... In other words, the readers attention should be focused on understanding the text... Not sounding out words. By 4 th grade, students are reading for learning the new... the main purposes of reading are to acquire new information, explore new viewpoints, and develop an understanding of the world When we target readers with a range of Lexiled books, we distinguish between targeting Stage 1 and Stage 2 readers and targeting readers who have passed the threshold to Stage 3 and beyond Note: As children move to higher stages of reading development, the content complexity grows. As the complexity grows, the child needs to have a broader and deeper expanse of knowledge and background to understand the technical and content – specific vocabulary.
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Adjusting for Text Characteristics: Know the Lexile measures for the texts you want to use Also use where one finds the Lexile Library Adjusting for Format and Genre: Clues that influence a students expectations about a text is difficult: –Lack of illustrations –Length of book/article –Density / type size –Topic / genre / author Supporting Tough Texts: Know the Lexile measure of the text Supply greater amounts of vocabulary and concepts as the text gets higher from the students Lexiles Give instructional support BEFORE the reading activity takes place
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Strategies That Cause Students to Make Transformations: Readers are liable to be more alert and engaged in the text when they can transform the text from the authors words into those of the reader –Translate or retell what one has read with the text available –Recall / retell without looking back at the text –Rewrite / summarize with the text available –Summarize without consulting the text –Outline with and without available text –Represent the text in a student – constructed graphic organizer / illustration with the text available
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Instruction on Authentic Texts and Tasks: Ways to achieve some level of relevance in school –Teaching methods / materials that are closer to the ways that REAL interests are built and language is learned –Construct an environment that excites interest and has life-like or problem-based orientation –Create instructional conversations: authentic interaction between people Strategies, Not Skills Teach students to use strategies such as self-monitoring or self-fixing Encourage students to take responsibility for their own reading and learning needs Use question types that match instructional objectives (See Blooms Taxonomy or Marzanos Dimensions of Thinking and Dimensions of Learning)
Chapter 5: Why Lexiles Work Table of Contents Next Adjustments for the Reading Content: Reading / Language Arts Program Group Reading and Guided Reading Special Education Reading Programs Home Reading / Summer Reading Programs
Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next Introduction: With a recent shift in emphasis from fiction to expository text come additional challenges for the reader to overcome. Many of these texts, while developmentally appropriate based on their content, often contain material at a readability level beyond the readers Lexile range. For example, these content- based texts often contain specialized vocabularies and explain complex concepts.
Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next Using the Lexile Framework Throughout the Curriculum: In general, assign texts at or below the students Lexile measure when factors make the reading situation more challenging, threatening, or unfamiliar. Use texts at or above the students Lexile measure to stimulate challenge and growth, or when you will be adding support such as teaching background concepts, pre-teaching vocabulary, or facilitating post-reading activities, such as reading discussion groups.
Determining the Match Between Students and Textbooks: 1.Obtain the Lexile measures for the texts you wish to assign. 2.Rank the materials you wish to assign by Lexile measure. 3.Write down the current Lexile measures for your students, again ranking them by Lexile measure. 4.Compare the ranges of the Lexile measures to the student measures. How well do they correspond? Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next ONE SIZE DOESNT FIT ALL!
Teacher Read Aloud with Commentary: Because it is easier to listen than read, learners understand new material better when they use their listening vocabularies. While reading, the only time the teacher pauses is to make comments about the material, selecting hard words to explain or new concepts to relate. This method works best if kept short – about ten minutes or so. Post-reading activities help to consolidate learning. Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next
Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next Handling Content Density and Concept Overload: A team of researchers, Lloyd and Mitchell (1989) came up with three research questions which are the same questions content teachers need to consider when planning instruction: 1. How important is the concept to the curriculum? 2. How completely is the concept developed in the text? 3. What level of prior knowledge do students need in order to be able to understand the concept? If the concept is not covered clearly and thoroughly in the text, then you will need to support the textbook with additional instruction.
Reading Beyond the Textbook: The content teacher can circumvent these potential problems by relying more on supplemental materials for instruction. In addition to the more common supplements (newspapers and magazines to update students with current information), researchers strongly recommend using literature – novels, biographies, autobiographies, storybooks, and other works of fiction and nonfiction – throughout the curriculum (Anderson, 1996) Chapter 6: Lexiles in Content Reading Table of Contents Next
Media Center is the Center of Literacy Education: Rich reading environment Guide students to appropriate reading experience Readability of texts Better accessibility Empower students to play a more self-directed role in reading development Targeting Students in the Media Center: Use same targeting procedures as in the classroom Media Specialist and Teacher need to be a team –Collaborate on Lexile Range of individual students –Collaborate to develop special collections to support class reading assignments –Collaborate on intervention strategies for students who need extra guidance –Replace grade-equivalent leveling with Lexile Range Chapter 7: Lexiles in the Media Center Table of Contents Next Students should be familiar with their Lexile Range
Book Labeling: Label Books with Lexile Measures –Help students find books of interest at their appropriate reading level –Provide information on individual books as well as magazines –Apply metacognitive awareness to selection process along with other motivating factors: author, genre, information needs Note: Media Specialists and Teachers worry about labeling books. Sometimes this can be a barrier to intellectual freedom. It may appear that certain books are off-limits to some students. If Lexile labeling is done sensitively and discreetly, it overcomes many concerns generated by grade-leveling Chapter 7: Lexiles in the Media Center Table of Contents Next
Chapter 7: Lexiles in the Media Center Table of Contents Next Collection Development: Media Centers Collection of Appropriate Reading Levels for the Student Population: –Media Specialist can analyze how well the current supply of reading materials fits the comprehension needs of the student body. –Using the Lexile Framework allows the specialist to develop a collection of books to meet the needs of all the students. –A media specialist can tell whether the collection of books is too challenging for its current population, too easy... or just right. –A well-rounded distribution of books will include easier books for leisure reading to more challenging material for study and exploration. The role of the media center has changed. It is no longer a place where books are housed....but an extension of the classroom. Just as adults like choosing books themselves, so do students. With the Lexile Framework System in a library, students will be better able to chose the right book for their reading level.
In general, reading management systems use quizzes to assess comprehension and produce reports containing a variety of information. RMSs started in the late 80s Characteristics: –Multiple choice quizzes for comprehension & recall –Provide immediate feedback –Award points based on length and difficulty (points can be used for extrinsic motivation) –Both on-screen and printable reports First became popular because of student interest with computers, as well as incentive activities Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next
Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next Accelerated Reader First marketed under Read Up Most widely used through the 90s Over 25,000 fiction and nonfiction titles Quizzes have 5 – 10 questions with multiple choice responses Point value based on book length and readability level Drawbacks: Exclusive grade equivalent leveling Readability formulas have changed over the years, creating inconsistencies Although responses are random, each quiz for a book has the same questions (limits retake options and makes cheating more possible) Fact-based questions fail to stimulate higher-level thinking No provision for teachers to customize quiz length, passing score, point level, etc.
Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next The Electronic Bookshelf The first program widely available Very similar to Accelerated Reader Differences: Quizzes provide three responses instead of four Responses are drawn randomly for each quiz Provides some protection against cheating Permits student retakes Highly customizable
Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next Reading Counts In 1998, Scholastic acquired the Electronic Bookshelf and upgraded it to create Reading Counts Characteristics: Multiple choice quizzes with 4 responses Randomized item bank Questions include inference and maid idea questions as well as basic recall Includes book leveling in Lexiles, along with traditional grade leveling Program can print stickers for Lexile labeling of books
Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next Online Reader Most recently created management program Uses Lexiles as readability scale Has many features of other computerized programs Focuses on periodical articles instead of trade books Has library of over 350 selections Quiz items include fill-in-the-blank as well as multiple choice
Chapter 8: Using Lexiles with Reading Management Systems Table of Contents Next Basic Lexile Procedure for Reading Management Systems: Student competency range – if student can answer at least 75-80% of the questions with accuracy Below 75% - The teacher should intervene to determine book difficulty Over 100% - Time for teacher intervention to encourage more challenging reading
Chapter 9: Using Lexiles to Communicate with Parents and the Community Lexiles provide a common language with which to communicate with parents and the community. Lexiles provide a way to compare a students reading performance to textual difficulty instead of to their peers. Educators can give examples of specific texts to parents to illustrate the students reading proficiency. Table of Contents Next INTRODUCTION Communicating with Parents
Chapter 9: Using Lexiles to Communicate with Parents and the Community Reading Folders/Portfolios –List of books within the students Lexile range. –Documentation of reading assessments. –Reading form to record reading done at home. –Written record of titles that students have read. –Student writing. –Simple explanation of the Lexile Framework. Open House –Poster board displays. –Samples of lexiled texts. –Take-home sheets that explain the Lexile Framework. Report Cards –Include students lexile measure on report card with an accompanying information sheet. Techniques for Parent Communications Table of Contents Next
Chapter 9: Using Lexiles to Communicate with Parents and the Community Reading is one of the core skills that is expected to be taught at school. … [and] is one of the chief factors people examine when they assess the quality of schools. (p.87) Community Relationships –Involve public libraries and bookstores by displaying lexile scales and stocking books that the schools are using. Media Relations –Use newspapers to explain what Lexiles are and how they work. Service Group Presentations –Prepare 15 minute presentations to gain the support of influential organizations. Business Partnerships –Approach business leaders to gain their support and involvement in promoting literacy. Table of Contents Next
Chapter 9: Using Lexiles to Communicate with Parents and the Community CONCLUSION No school stands alone. It is vitally connected with the parents of its students and with everyone in the wider community who depend on the schools success. (p. 90) Communication about the benefits of the Lexile Framework will allow the community to participate in the schools reading success. Table of Contents Next
What is a Standard? A useful definition is that a standard is a statement about what is valued that can be used for making a judgment of quality. Chapter 10: Standard Setting With Lexiles Table of Contents Next
Using Lexiles to Set Standards Lexiles are not linked to a specific test, but can be derived from any standardized test. Lexiles allow you to have multiple indicators report a common metric. Instead of having only one annual measurement of student ability, you can now compile a variety of measurements and observations, all converted to the Lexile Scale. Chapter 10: Standard Setting With Lexiles Table of Contents Next
We teach students to read in the first place because we want them to be able to use reading successfully as a skill they can apply to their lives. Our end-point standards, then, should involve texts that people need to read with enough comprehension to function in various areas of life. Chapter 10: Standard Setting With Lexiles Table of Contents Next
We could define five such areas of literacy: Workplace Literacy Citizenship Literacy Continuing Education Literacy Moral/Ethical/Religious Literacy Recreational Literacy Chapter 10: Standard Setting With Lexiles Table of Contents Next
Conclusion By grounding the process of standard and benchmark setting in the context of real texts we want our students to comprehend, and by providing us with an absolute scale on which to place both students and texts of any kind, the Lexile Framework provides a strong foundation for setting reading standards. Chapter 10: Standard Setting With Lexiles Table of Contents Next
Lesson Plans & Resources Table of Contents Lexile List of Popular Adolescent Literature Article: Matching Readers to Text Lesson Plan: Using Lexiles in Research Lexiles of Selected Text Books Reading is Thinking – Pre-reading and Cooperative Learning Activities