Lexile® and Quantile® Measures in West Virginia

Lexile® and Quantile® Measures in West Virginia
Lexile® and Quantile® Measures in West Virginia2018-07-25T14:29:19+00:00

The Lexile® Framework for Reading, commonly referred to as the Lexile Framework, has been linked to the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) in English Language Arts in grades 3 – 8. Similarly, The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics has been linked to the West Virginia General Summative Assessment in grades 3 – 8 (WVGSA) In addition the Lexile® Framework and the Quantile® Framework has been linked to the SAT School Day exam delivered at grade 11. Students in West Virginia also may be receiving Lexile and Quantile measures from a variety of different tests and programs used by their local schools. With Lexile and Quantile measures, educators and parents can spur and support student learning.

What Is a Lexile measure?

There are two kinds of Lexile measures: Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures. Lexile reader measures describe how strong of a reader a student is. Lexile text measures describe how difficult, or complex, a text like a book or magazine article is. Lexile measures are expressed as numeric measures followed by an “L” (for example, 850L), and represent a position on the Lexile scale. Comparing a student’s Lexile measure with the Lexile measure of what they are reading helps gauge the “fit” between a student’s ability and the difficulty of text.

What is a Quantile measure?

Similar to Lexile measures, there are two types of Quantile measures: a measure for students and a measure for mathematical skills and concepts. The student measure describes what mathematics the student already understands and what the student is ready to learn in the future. The skill measure describes the difficulty, or demand, in learning a skill. Quantile measures help educators and parents target instruction and monitor student growth toward learning standards and the mathematical demands of college and careers.