SOURCE: MetaMetrics

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March 17, 2015 09:00 ET

Artifact App Offers Lexile Measures as Part of Book Search Criteria

Popular Metric for Text Complexity Added to Guide Book Selection Process

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2015) - Unbound Concepts, creator of Artifact, and MetaMetrics®, developer of The Lexile® Framework for Reading, today announce their partnership. Artifact, a free web- and mobile-based book search application for educators, will now provide Lexile® text measures for more than 150,000 titles in its platform. The Lexile Framework is the most widely used reading metric for evaluating text complexity, and it is now available on Artifact. Students can search books by Lexile measures to find leveled books that match their unique abilities.

Artifact improves the way that readers search, discover and reflect on books. Artifact enlists readers, educators, publishers and machine learning to uncover the unique attributes of books and then turns those attributes into searchable criteria.

"Artifact is a revolutionary way to search for books," stated Malbert Smith III Ph.D., president and co-founder of MetaMetrics. "By searching beyond traditional characteristics and honing into more unique attributes like literary elements and teaching skills, apps like Artifact make reading more effective. It is exciting to see Lexile measures included as part of their technique to improve the book selection process."

"Finding the right book for the right student is not a simple task or one to be ignored. A student's perception of reading or herself could very well depend on whether a book made her feel smart, or confused, or alone, or part of something bigger," said Katie Palencsar, Unbound Concepts' founder and CEO. "Lexile measures help us identify the right book for students. Our additional Artifacts help students identify stories that speak to them."

A Lexile measure offers valuable information regarding text complexity that helps readers select reading materials based on their unique reading ability and goals. Lexile measures help librarians, teachers and parents find books, articles and other resources within a reader's recommended Lexile range: 100L below to 50L above his or her Lexile measure. Reading materials within this optimal Lexile range will challenge the individual's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning.

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for ReadingEl Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics) and writing (The Lexile® Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.

About Unbound Concepts
Unbound Concepts is a technology company dedicated to improving the way that readers search, discover and reflect on books. Founded in 2012 and based in Baltimore, MD, the company develops Artifact, the web and mobile app that enlists readers and machine learning to uncover the unique attributes of books and turns them into searchable criteria. For more information, visit www.unboundconcepts.com

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