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Many students have experienced, and remember, reading comprehension exams from their time in grade school. These tests examined student ability to comprehend different levels of reading so that educators could ensure a student was reading within grade level targets. ATOS and A-Z along with the Fountas and Pinnell reading programs are all previous methods used in ELA classrooms across the nation. Some of these are still used widely today. ATOS is a program which closely resembles Lexile as it also determines book and student scores with a method that correlates back to grade level. For example, sixth-grade would be 6.0. However, educators must now face the question: are these methods still the best choice or is Lexile the new best method of engaging students and increasing reading comprehension ability? Lexile Levels are a relatively new implementation in many schools, and only a few states implement Lexile Levels as a method of reading comprehension testing on a wide scale. Lexile Levels are assigned to both students and books in order to match the student with their ideal book within their comprehension range. The idea is that if students read in their comprehension level, they may be able to increase their ability for comprehension. A rural middle school has implemented just that, guiding their students to books that match their Lexile level in an effort to increase student reading comprehension and enjoyment. In this case study, we will discover teacher-perceived impacts. Most research on Lexile level effectiveness has been done by the company itself; this study provides a window into policy and practice and its effectiveness in a particular school district.

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Logan, UT


reading comprehension exams, Lexile, comprehension levels, middle school


Education | English Language and Literature

Results of Lexile Level Reading Practices on Rural Middle School Students