Last week, I introduced the idea of a Lexile measure, which is the level of difficulty of a written text. A Lexile level for a student refers the level of difficulty they are ready for. Remember that this was the critical part in matching reader to text.
If you would like to find out your child’s Lexile level for yourself, there is a great site called www.readtheory.org, which provides an excellent visual for tracking Lexile measures over time.
If your child is in Secondary (MYP), they will have a log-in to the site already and will be able to share their scores with you. If you have an upper-primary child, you can sign up as a teacher and make a class for them. There is a pre-test and they can keep doing the exercises, which provide great practice at close reading of non-fiction texts. This would be great to do each night for at least 15-20 minutes.
You will be able to see a graph like that above which provides the average Lexile score. The yellow diamond is the Lexile score from their first pre-test. The dotted line is the Lexile score generally associated with their grade level. With practice, you will see the Lexile score increase, like magic.