The reading experience at home should be a positive one. As a parent, an important goal for reading at home should be to help the child build confidence and foster a love of reading. The algorithm to determine the Lexile measure of a book or piece of text has been enhanced to better measure the text complexity of books and materials used in K–2 classrooms. With more precise Lexile measures, parents can select books that build confidence and improve their child’s reading ability.
The early-reading indicators can be used to see what factors are considered when determining the reading level of a book or piece of text. Unless directed by the child’s teacher, we recommend parents focus more on the Lexile measure of the book and less on the early-reading indicators. The Lexile measure provides information on the overall complexity of the book, which is the best metric to use when trying to find books at a child’s reading level.