SOURCE: MetaMetrics

MetaMetrics

February 10, 2012 16:37 ET

No Longer Just for U.S. Students, Now Students Worldwide Get Lexile Measures

More Than 50 Reading Assessments Will Report MetaMetrics' Lexile Measures in 2012

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Feb 10, 2012) - With the addition of Educational Testing Service's Test of English in Communication to the global assessments that report Lexile® measures, MetaMetrics®, developer of The Lexile® Framework for Reading, is pleased to announce that more than two million international students will receive a Lexile measure in 2012. TOEIC, along with these other global assessments, now report Lexile measures:

  • Progress in English (PIE) Assessment (GL Assessment)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) (ETS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Junior (TOEFL® Junior™) (ETS)
  • Test of English in Communication (TOEIC®) (ETS)
  • E-LQ Assessment (Natmal)
  • Scholastic Reading Inventory (Scholastic)

Lexile measures provide valuable information about both a reader's ability level and the text complexity of reading materials to help match the reader with books, articles and other resources that best support the development of English reading skills. Linking a reading assessment score with a Lexile measure allows students to practice reading more effectively to improve their reading skills and monitor their progress towards U.S. college and career readiness standards.

MetaMetrics does not publish its own reading assessment. Rather, the company has partnered with all of the major educational publishers, including Scholastic, Pearson and Educational Testing Service (ETS), to link their assessments and reading programs with the Lexile Framework in the U.S. In fact, over 50 reading assessments including 21 state tests also report student reading ability as a Lexile measure, including those administered in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Illinois. A complete list of reading assessments and programs linked with the Lexile Framework is available at www.Lexile.com.

When an assessment is linked with the Lexile Framework, students' test scores immediately become actionable. For example, educators, parents and students can use MetaMetrics free "Find a Book" search utility to build custom reading lists based on the student's Lexile measure and interests, and then locate their selections at a public library. "Find a Book" includes more than 125,000 fiction and nonfiction titles from more than 200 publishers. In addition to text and trade books, hundreds of millions of periodical articles and websites have been measured and are freely available to students and educators.

"With tens of millions of Lexile measures reported worldwide, I am excited by the potential for Lexile measures to help promote literacy and reading across the globe," said MetaMetrics President and co-founder Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. "The mission of literacy transcends country borders and we are pleased to play a role in this global mission, as well as, the mission within our own country."

The Lexile Framework is a unique resource for accurately matching readers with text. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates reading ability and growth based on actual assessment results, rather than generalized age or grade levels. Lexile measures help teachers, librarians 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.

For information on linking a reading test or program with the Lexile Framework, contact Trilby Berger, vice president, strategic partnerships, at tberger@Lexile.com or 919-354-3427.

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 Reading, El 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.

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