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What is off is not the lexile level (though they are not perfect), but the reading 
levels.  Reading levels correspond to nothing accurate--not grade, not vocabulary, 
not maturity.  Go to the lexile.com site and read about what lexiles are and are 
not to understand when and where they should be used.  And finally, no computer 
generated score for book or student, beats a well read, well informed teacher or 
librarian's professional knowledge of reading levels appropriate for students.  

>>> LINDA SLACUM <lslacum@CCPS.ORG> 02/02/05 02:34PM >>>
Colleagues,
In addition to being a LOT of work, I don't get it.  I have a chart that compares 
lexile levels to reading levels.  The lexile 800 is found in grades 3 through 8!  I 
understand that lexile considers syntax and sentence length, but how can the 800 
level be appropriate for both 3rd & 8th graders?  I know there are 3rd graders 
reading on an 8th grade level and visa versa, but content/subject matter is vastly 
different for these levels.  Please don't flame me, but I feel Lexile is a 
marketing ploy and some in the education community has bought into it.  In my 
humble opinion, reading levels are much more understandable to students and 
parents.  As a parent, if my 8th grade student is reading on an 8th grade level, I 
can be proud.  But can I be proud if my 8th grade student is reading on the 800 
lexile level?  Or should I be concerned?  Just my 2.

Linda
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Mrs. Linda Slacum, Librarian
Cherry Hill Middle School
2535 Singerly Road
Elkton, MD  21921
lslacum@ccps.org 
http://www.ccps.org/chms/index.html 
http://media.ccps.org/ccemo/index.html 


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