Placing readers and text on the same scale is as important in early grades as it is at any point in a student’s academic career. Lexile text measures now provide more precise measurement of the unique features of early-reading texts, which is critical for matching students to texts appropriate for their reading ability level.
As a result of our text complexity research, more information (i.e. early-reading indicators) can now identify which text features affect difficulty most for early-reading texts. In some situations, it may help educators to know more about a text than its overall Lexile measure. Knowing the specific text features of early-reading texts allows educators to use those features in a meaningful way to improve student reading levels.