Given the Common Core’s emphasis on text complexity, an increasing number of educators are paying more attention to the complexity of the texts they assign. Here at MetaMetrics, our focus has always been on understanding the relationship between the reader and the text and utilizing a common metric (Lexile) to characterize that relationship. That’s why we’re so excited to make two related announcements: first, over 100,000 users have registered to use our free, publicly available Lexile Analyzer tool. This tool allows users to analyze the complexity of small bits of texts to obtain a Lexile measure. We’re thrilled to see that so many educators are focused on the complexity various pieces of text and are utilizing this wonderful tool. If you have not yet tried this tool, click here to register and start using.
On a related note, we’re also happy to announce that 50 new publishers adopted the Lexile measure in 2011. With the recent shift from proficiency to college and career readiness, school districts around the country are focusing on what it means to be college and career ready, specifically what it means to graduate prepared to read college level text. With all the recent emphasis on college and career readiness, it is vital that students be introduced to increasingly sophisticated levels of complex texts. Which is why it’s refreshing to see so many new publishers begin to recognize the significance of text complexity. These new publishers add to a growing roster of hundreds of publishers that now routinely measure their books using Lexile measures. Some of these new publishers include American Girl, Black Rabbit Books, Medallion Press, Nomad Press, and many, many more. To all of our new publisher partners, welcome aboard.