Thursday, August 1, 2013

On the Nonfiction Front...

While trolling over at the EC Ning, I discovered this little gem of a website, Newsela. This site is a treasure trove of articles about current events, but the really nice thing about it is that you can click on an article, and it will tell you what lexile the article is written in, and not only that, but you can click a button and lower the lexile. Differentiation heaven!!

In case you are interested, here is some grade level text information relevant to lexile and the common core from the Lexile website, which is also a cornucopia of information and is invaluable in helping kids find books to read at their lexile level.

Typical Reader Measures, by Grade

GradeReader Measures, Mid-Year
25th percentile to 75th percentile (IQR)
1Up to 300L
2140L to 500L
3330L to 700L
4445L to 810L
5565L to 910L
6665L to 1000L
7735L to 1065L
8805L to 1100L
9855L to 1165L
10905L to 1195L
11 and 12940L to 1210L

Data for the first column of text measures came from a research study designed to examine collections of textbooks designated for specific grades (MetaMetrics, 2009). The "stretch" text measures (defined in 2012 through studies related to the development of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts) in the second column represent the demand of text that students should be reading to be college and career ready by the end of Grade 12. 

Typical Text Measures, by Grade

Text Demand Study 2009
25th percentile to 75th percentile (IQR)
2012 CCSS Text Measures*
1230L to 420L190L to 530L
2450L to 570L420L to 650L
3600L to 730L520L to 820L
4640L to780L740L to 940L
5730L to 850L830L to 1010L
6860L to 920L925L to 1070L
7880L to 960L970L to 1120L
8900L to 1010L1010L to 1185L
9960L to 1110L1050L to 1260L
10920L to 1120L1080L to 1335L
11 and 121070L to 1220L1185L to 1385L

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