Lexile Levels

What is a Lexile level?
Lexile levels describe both the difficulty of text and the ability of an individual reader.  For example a text may be determined to be at a lexile level of 550. Students should be reading books that range from 100 L below and 50 L over the student’s Lexile level.  

How will parents know what their student’s Lexile level is?

Lexile levels are measured by DIBELS and NWEA assessments.  Your ES can communicate to you what your student’s Lexile level is during your monthly meeting and when you receive assessment results.

How do use the Lexile levels once I know it?

You can help your student find “right fit” books by using the Lexile level at libraries, Scholastic book orders, non-fiction articles, online or Raz-Kids. For example, I used the AR Bookfinder tool and got 6 PAGES of book suggestions by doing the following advanced search:

Lexile Level 450-500 range
Interest Level: Middle Grades 4-8
Topic:  Adventure
How do Lexile levels correspond with grade levels?

A Lexile level refers to reading ability, not grade or age levels.  However, there are typical levels within each grade level. The chart below can help parents know understand expected reading proficiencies.

More information: https://lexile.com/educators/understanding-lexile-measures/about-lexile-measures-for-reading/

Failure – How We Grow.

We have been talking a lot about Failure as part of our 21st Century Skills.  It is an interesting subject because of the power it has over us. Failure, and perhaps even worse, the fear of failure, often holds us back. It prevents us from becoming all we can be.

As I think about my life and the many failures I have encountered, it is because of those failures that I have pushed myself to grow, change and become a different person.  Failures force you to dive deep into your own abyss and make different choices about who you are and the life you lead.

Failure hits all of us, it is absolutely inevitable.  It is a close cousin is fear of failure. It seems to me that this cousin has more power over us because it involves more choice on our part.  We can choose to live a cautious life in order to avoid this fear. Perhaps even take the familiar path, though the other is calling out our name.

In my life I have been blessed with enough failures that my fear of failure has diminished.  Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like it, but deep in my heart I know I can overcome these setbacks because historically, I have.  The question for me is, “What would my life have been like if I learned this lesson earlier? What choices would have been different?”

My hope is that we can teach our children that failure is simply a step towards success.  It is a moment to pause and reflect on what we could do differently, and ultimately how we can be different.

We have been so excited this year to watch our CGA students in the SmartLab as we teach them to stretch and teach them to celebrate the failures which may come.  Our sweet children have made comments like “Oh no, I didn’t fail today!”or “Messing up means I am learning”. We have watched this teaching spill over into other classrooms and have been thrilled to see the results.

Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Let’s all celebrate the learning that happens through failure and the improvements in self and the world around us that failure can bring.

Happy Failure to you 🙂


Kim Goates