"The Common Core State Standards have brought text complexity measurement to the forefront of many educational reform agendas," said MetaMetrics President and co-founder Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. (pictured above)
"As schools and districts begin to implement the new standards, the education community as a whole must utilize proven text measurement tools -- like Lexile measures -- that will allow all stakeholders to realize the promise of college and career ready standards."
MetaMetrics(R), developer of the widely adopted Lexile(R) Framework for Reading, is pleased to announce that more than 100,000 educators and other individuals have registered to use its free Lexile Analyzer(R) to determine the Lexile measure of various classroom and personal texts.
Quantitative Measure of Text Complexity
Lexile measures evaluate how complex a text will likely be for a reader to comprehend so that the reader can be matched with texts that best complement his or her unique ability level and reading goals. In the past two years alone, users have analyzed nearly one million text files.
The Lexile Analyzer measures text complexity by evaluating various characteristics of the complete text, including word frequency and sentence length. Generally, texts with longer sentences and words of lower frequency have higher Lexile measures, while texts with shorter sentences and words of higher frequency have lower Lexile measures.
Common Core State Standards
The importance of measuring text complexity has gained national attention now that nearly all states have adopted and are implementing the new Common Core State Standards.
The Common Core stresses the need for students to engage with texts of appropriate complexity as they advance through school.
The English Language Arts Standards utilize Lexile measures to evaluate text complexity and provide Lexile bands for reading comprehension development to help inform curriculum and assessment decisions that will ultimately prepare students for college and career text demands and to guide publishers in creating grade-level content.
To date, the number of words examined by the Lexile Analyzer exceeds 1.5 billion.
Via Mel Riddile