SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

October 01, 2009 10:57 ET

TOEFL® Reading Scores Now Matched With Lexile® Measures

Test Takers Can Use Proven Measures to Build Reading Skills

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - ETS, creator of the TOEFL® test, has joined with MetaMetrics®, Inc., creator of The Lexile Framework® for Reading, to link TOEFL Reading section scores with Lexile® measures, officials of both companies announced today.

The Lexile Framework scientifically measures both an individual's reading ability and the difficulty of text on the same developmental scale. Lexile measures help individuals to select high-interest materials that will provide an appropriate level of challenge to promote reading development. Lexile measures are expressed as numbers followed by an "L" (for example, 1050L) and range from below 200L for beginning readers and materials to above 1700L for advanced readers and materials.

Linking a TOEFL Reading section score with a Lexile measure helps test takers practice reading more effectively to improve their skills and better prepare for advanced academic coursework. Test takers can match their TOEFL Reading section score with a Lexile measure at www.lexile.com/toefl, then use MetaMetrics' "Find a Book" utility to identify books at their reading level.

"The best way for someone to improve his or her reading skills is to practice," says Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., President of MetaMetrics. "Lexile measures make that practice more meaningful by matching individuals with reading materials on the topics that interest them the most and provide an appropriate level of reading challenge."

To determine the relationship between Lexile measures and TOEFL Reading section scores, ETS and MetaMetrics conducted a research study of more than 3,000 participants who completed both a TOEFL Reading section and a Lexile reading test. Researchers examined participants' performance on these tests and developed a table to match an individual's TOEFL Reading section score with a Lexile measure.

"We are always looking for ways to provide additional value to test takers," says Tony Ostrander, Director of TOEFL Product Management for ETS. "Connecting TOEFL scores to Lexile measures provides test takers with tools to help them select reading texts appropriate for their reading level, improve their skills and monitor their progress."

More than 115,000 fiction and nonfiction books, as well as tens of millions of articles, have Lexile measures, and these numbers continue to grow. This wide range of resources with Lexile measures helps to ensure that TOEFL test takers can find reading materials at their Lexile level.

For more information about Lexile measures, or to match a TOEFL Reading score with a Lexile measure, visit www.lexile.com/toefl.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.

About MetaMetrics, Inc.

MetaMetrics, Inc., an educational measurement organization, develops scientifically based measures of student achievement that link assessment with instruction, foster better educational practices, and improve learning by matching students with materials that meet and challenge their abilities. The company's team of psychometricians developed the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading (www.Lexile.com); El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the Lexile Framework; The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics (www.Quantiles.com); and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile® measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics delivers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services. For more information, visit www.MetaMetricsInc.com.

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