Resource Manual

Lexile Framework for Reading: Matching Readers to Text

The Lexile Framework for Reading: Implementation Resource Manual

Table of Contents

Key Contacts

MetaMetrics Key Contacts

Framework Overview

“The Lexile Framework as an Approach for Reading Measurement and Success,”
by Colleen Lennon and Hal Burdick, April 2004. White paper details how the Lexile Framework works.

“Lexiles in Education” – Fact sheet briefly defines Lexiles, their history and how the Lexile Framework works.

“What Does the Lexile Measure Mean?” – Frequently asked question

“Is It Possible to Tie Grade-Levels to Lexile Measures?” – Frequently asked question

“Partner Marketing Guide” – Guide describes the core elements of MetaMetrics identity system and provides guidance on how to apply them. It is intended to be a quick reference for using the company’s names, symbols and associated products and services.

Lexile Framework Partners – See list of assessment and reading program partners at

“The Lexile Framework for Reading: Overview and Uses” – PowerPoint Presentation includes basic talking points for a wide variety of audiences

Using the Framework

“Lexiles in the Classroom” – Fact sheet includes practical tips on how to use Lexiles in the classroom.

“The Lexile Framework for Reading: Linking Assessment with Reading Instruction” – Fact sheet describes key uses and benefits of the Lexile Framework

“Lexiles in the Library” – Fact sheet includes tips on using Lexiles in the library or media center.

“Lexile Professional Development” – Overview of professional development options for educators.

State-Specific Materials

Customized Arizona Lexile Map: A graphic representation of titles and texts matched to appropriate levels of reading ability.
For Educators
For Parents

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY Overview of Web Content for Lexiles

Resource Measurement

“Using the Lexile Analyzer: for Educators and Media Specialists” – User guide that explains how to use the Professional version of the Lexile Analyzer, a free tool on the MetaMetrics website ( to analyze the reading demands of books, articles, passages, and other texts and generate a Lexile measure.

“Lexile Text Measures for State or District Adoption Programs” – Document provides textbook publishers and state education agency curriculum staff an introduction to Lexile measures of textbooks, their interpretations, suggestions for their use and information about how they may be obtained.


“The Lexile Framework for Reading Technical Report,” April 2007. Provides detailed discussion of the rationale, development, interpretation and use of The Lexile Framework for Reading.

“Stop Summer Academic Loss: An Education Policy Priority,” by Malbert Smith, III, Ph.D. and Dee Brewer, MA, MEd, March 2007. White paper reviews research on loss in reading achievement during the summer and suggests interventions and strategies with particular promise for low income and minority students.

“Managing Multiple Measures,” by Gary L. Williamson, PhD, September 2006. White paper outlines implications of having multiple measures of student achievement, measurement issues in the use of multiple measures, and strategies for understanding them.

“The Need for Objective Measurement under the No Child Left Behind Act,” by Malbert Smith III, PhD, July 2004. White paper outlines the philosophical underpinnings for a common reading measurement scale.

“Why Do Scores Change?” by Gary L. Williamson, PhD, April 2004. White paper explains factors that affect the measurement of reading.

Other Resources Available for Purchase at

Schnick, T. and Knickelbine, M.J. (2001). The Lexile Framework: A Guide for Parents. Durham, NC: MetaMetrics, Inc.

Schnick, T. and Knickelbine, M.J. (2000). The Lexile Framework: An Introduction for Educators. Durham, NC: MetaMetrics, Inc.