The Common Core sets in motion many new trends, including a focus on text complexity.
- This focus drives a shift toward raising proficiency by engaging students in interactions with “lots of complex texts” that “offer them new language, new knowledge, and new modes of thought.” (Appendix A, p. 4)
Measuring Text Complexity
Appendix A suggests that we measure text complexity by considering:
PART 1: QUANTITATIVE VARIABLES
PART 2: QUALITATIVE VARIABLES
PART 3: INDIVIDUAL READER/ TASK VARIABLES
- Text complexity is more than just a quantitative measure (Lexile).
- How well are we integrating quantitative measures with qualitative and individual reader variables to make informed decisions as we select text for instruction?