This page is a guide for parents, teachers, and students to Lexile scores and what they mean.
Lexile scores come in two types in an effort to match readers with books:
- Students will be assigned a Lexile score on their eMPowerMe (MEA) assessments and it shows a student’s comprehension level sometimes referred to as ‘reading readiness’. These can be found at the bottom your student’s MEA ELA summary.
- Texts are assigned a Lexile Text Measure that rates a text’s complexity of sentences and paragraphs, and vocabulary and is also referred to as ‘reading complexity’. These can sometimes be found on the back of books, and in some literature focused databases (see below for more detail). It is important to note that Lexile assignments do not consider the age-appropriateness of content or whether it’s a ‘good’ book.
Students make growth in reading readiness when they are reading texts within the range of -100L to +50L of their Lexile measure.
How to find a book in your student’s Lexile Range:
- Find A Book by the Maine Department of Education
- Novelist K-8 searches for books by topic, genre, and Lexile Measure (how to connect)
- Lexiile Analyzer to find the Lexile level of text
- Lexile by Chapter guides
Aren’t sure what your student’s Lexile score means?