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How to Know If Your Child Is Reading at Grade Level

Although students in each grade level exhibit a range of reading abilities, the Lexile Reader and Text Measures make it possible to map their reading ability to typical grade-level scores.


  • Step 1: Consult a grade equivalence chart Consult an online Lexile grade-level equivalence chart. The chart shows a range of Lexile scores for each grade level at its website.
  • Step 2: Check your child's report card Check your child's report card to see whether it lists a Lexile reading score. If it does, compare the score with the Reader Measures in the chart to determine the child's reading level.
  • TIP: Ask your child's teacher if the school uses the Lexile index if a score does not appear in the report card.
  • Step 3: Have lexile score measured Have the child's Lexile score measured at a private learning center that uses the index if the child's school does not.
  • TIP: Lexile is used in some way in all 50 states.
  • Step 4: Compare text measures Compare the Lexile text measures for any book the child wants to read with the Text Measures in the grade-equivalence chart to determine the grade level the books correspond to.
  • FACT: The world's oldest book, The Diamond Sutra, was published in 868 C.E.

You Will Need

  • Lexile grade-equivalence chart
  • Report card
  • Private learning center
  • Lexile-scored reading matter

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