Surrounding students with a wide variety of leveled literature and nonfiction texts in the classroom, in the school library, and at home is a great start to creating lifelong readers. With Scholastic Reading Counts! your students have a Lexile®-based independent reading program that tracks their success on the books they read, in and out of school. This technology-based program creates a personalized and engaging learning environment that ensures independent reading accountability.
(Q) WHAT IS A LEXILE?
(A) A Lexile measure is a unit for measuring text difficulty based on the variables of syntax and semantic difficulty. Semantic difficulty refers to the level of familiarity or frequency of the text’s vocabulary and syntax refers to the level of difficulty in terms of sentence length. The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading that ranges from below 200L for beginning-reader level to 1700L for advanced level. Below are the Lexile ranges as aligned by the Common Core State Standards:
|Grade Level Bands||Lexile Ranges as Aligned to Common Core|
|1st Grade||190L - 450L|
|2nd Grade||450L - 620L|
|3rd Grade||620L - 790L|
|4th Grade||790L - 875L|
|5th Grade||875L - 980L|
(Q) WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO USE READING COUNTS?
(A) Generally students begin the Reading Counts Program when they are in 2nd Grade, however 1st grade classes will begin working on developing their lexiles. If a teacher and parent believe a student's reading ability and comprehension are ready prior to 2nd grade an assessment can be performed by the teacher to determine eligibility.
(Q) HOW DOES READING COUNTS WORK?
(A) It's easy...