Monday, March 28, 2011


Our school has proposed the use of the Lexile framework as our leveling system. I don't know a great deal about it. I'm not sure how I feel, negative or positive. My entire library is leveled by AR. A couple of my co-workers are through the roof not happy . Being the book nerd that I am, I'm ready to jump right over and add the Lexile levels to my books. Who out there uses this system and what do you think about it??


  1. Hey Julie,
    My school uses it in conjunction with Guided Reading Levels. They all correlate and there are charts out there that correlate the levels if you google AR and Lexile Conversion charts. I wouldn't change your library over, just maybe post a correlation chart or remind your kids to pick just right books. I don't level my library at all, I organize books by content or genre and spend a lot of time in the beg. of year teaching about how to choose just right books. You can check up on if kids are doing this when you meet with them during independent reading or through reading response.


  2. We don't use Lexile, but I understand the switchover...we switched over to Fountas and Pinnell this year. I couldn't stomach the thought of changing the levels on all my books, so I think next year, I will categorize ALL of them (I have some categorized now, and some by level), and not worry about the level. I teach the five finger rule, so they'll have to be armed to use that again next year.

    Good luck!


  3. As a public children's librarian in a community switching over to using a lexile-based system, I started doing a lot of research that also has me through the roof. I have started a blog in response:


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