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Lexiles at Wrenshall School

Lexiles are used in thousands of schools around the country. Your child’s Lexile is obtained through the twice per year (fall and spring) MAP testing at Wrenshall School. These results will be sent home with report cards. Each student will receive a 150-point Lexile range. The first 100 reflect the student's "independent" reading range and the top 50 points are the "instructional" (more challenging) range. These are the boundaries between the easiest kind of reading material for a student and the hardest level at which he or she can read successfully.


As of fall 2008, all elementary students are required to check out at least one book per week in their "independent" Lexile range. Every student has a card in the library that indicates his or her Lexile range. Other fiction books may be checked out in whatever Lexile they want or from non-fiction books from the section of the library that is appropriate for their grade level.

The fiction books in the Wrenshall Library have been color coded representing the Lexile of the text (see chart shown below). Library books will still be separated into the three main areas of lower elementary, mid-upper elementary, and high school. This is because Lexile does not consider age-appropriateness, interest, and prior knowledge, which are key factors when matching students to books they like to read and are able to read.

The Lexile Framework for Reading

The Lexile measurement is a reading ability and text difficulty score. It does not assess the theme or content of the book. Teachers, students, and parents can use the Lexile score to identify books and curriculum materials that are appropriately challenging for students. This ensures that students comprehend what they are reading and continue to grow as readers.

The Lexile Framework is a scientific approach to measuring readers and reading materials. The Lexile measure reflects the difficulty of a text and it also reflects a student’s current reading ability. Knowing the Lexile measure of a book and the Lexile measure of a student helps predict how the book matches the student’s current reading ability—whether the book may be too easy, too difficult or just right.


Lexile measures do not translate specifically to grade levels. In every grade, there will be a range of readers and a range of materials to be read. To say that some books are “just right” for a certain grade assumes that all students are reading at the same level. Lexiles, on the other hand, track a student’s reading progress over time no matter what grade he/she is in. Matching a student’s Lexile with a book of the same Lexile measurement leads to an expected 75% comprehension rate. This means it should be difficult enough to encourage reading progress, but not too difficult to be frustrating. A student’s recommended Lexile range is 50 above and 100 below their Lexile measurement. These are the boundaries between the easiest kind of reading material for a student and the hardest level at which he or she can read successfully.


Wrenshall School’s Lexile Codes


Color Code Dot

0 – 399


400 – 499


500 – 599 Orange

600 – 699

Hot Pink

700 – 799


800 – 899


900 – 999


1000 – 1099


1100 – 1199


1200 and higher





Lexiles at Home

Once you have your child’s Lexile measure, you can connect him or her to thousands of books that have Lexile measures. You can find lists of books by Lexile at You can help your child improve his or her reading skills by encouraging reading time at home, concentrating on material within his or her Lexile range.

Celebrate your child’s reading accomplishments. One of the great things about the Lexile Framework is that it provides an easy way for readers to keep track of their own growth and progress. You and your child can set goals for reading—sticking to a reading schedule, trying new kinds of books or reading a certain numbers of pages per week. When your child hits the goal, make an occasion of it!

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