Happy Holidays From MetaMetrics!

As the holidays and the end of the year approach we’d like to take a moment to reflect on 2015. It’s been an exciting year for us here at MetaMetrics and an exciting time in the world of education. We have been happy to watch as our two core products, The Lexile Framework for Reading and The Quantile Framework for Mathematics, continue to expand both domestically and globally.

While we we can boast of many achievements this year, some of our proudest moments include the debut of the Lexile Career Database and the Lexile by Chapter Guides; increased participation in the CCSSO Chief’s Summer Learning Challenge and the Summer Math Challenge; numerous research publications and many new product and publishing partnerships.

This holiday season, we invite you to join us in supporting First Book. First Book provides new books to children in need throughout the United States and Canada. With over 135 million books distributed so far, First Book is making huge strides towards solving ton of the biggest challenges faced in the development of literacy—access to books. Please join us as we help to spread some joy and holiday cheer with the gift of books. 

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season! For a few laughs we invite you to view our company holiday video and learn about our newest “product”, The Giftile Framework for Giving.

New Lexile Resource: The Lexile Career Database

We’d like to share our newest Lexile resource, The Lexile® Career Database. The Lexile Career Database is a new tool to help identify the reading ability necessary for career preparedness. It contains Lexile® measures for over 250 careers (to date) as well as important descriptive information for each career. The database is a result of years of research examining the text complexity of a variety of reading materials in various domains of the post-secondary experience.

The Lexile Career Database uses a common scale for readiness across all careers and is an excellent new resource to address the emerging emphasis on career readiness. With The Lexile Career Database, educators and students can identify the reading ability needed for a desired career and use this information to inform goal setting. It is the only metric available to compare and describe reading demands of careers.

The careers featured within The Lexile Career Database have been identified as Bright Outlook Occupations by O*NET, the premier online career search database designed for the U.S. Department of Labor. Bright Outlook Occupations are careers that are expected to grow and/or emerge in the next few years and offer large numbers of new job openings.

The Lexile Career Database is now available for integration into Lexile partner products and services. To learn more about licensing the Lexile Career Database click here or view our recent webinar The Lexile Career Database: Discover the Reading Demands of Prospective Occupations.

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Dewey Decimal Day

Happy Dewey Decimal Day! Each year on December 10th we honor the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), a respected librarian, educator, and the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. Dewey first published his groundbreaking library classification system in 1876 as a four page pamphlet. Through the years the Dewey Decimal System (or Dewey Decimal Classification as it is officially named) has been expanded and revised through 23 editions, the most recent iteration, a four volume set, was published in 2011.

The Dewey Decimal System is the most widely utilized library classification system in the world. Over 200,000 libraries in at least 135 countries use it to organize their collections and it has been translated into more than 30 languages. The system is maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Learn more about the Dewey Decimal System including licensing options and monthly updates by visiting the OCLS’s Dewey website.

The Dewey Decimal System assigns a three digit number based on the subject of a non-fiction book, with decimal numbers providing further detail. This allows libraries to organize books in a meaningful way so patrons can locate the books they need and easily return them to their proper location. Before the invention of the Dewey Decimal System, libraries often organized their collections by acquisition date, not by subject. Imagine how difficult it would have been to locate the right books that way! To celebrate Dewey Decimal Day visit your local library and look for some books, start the Dewey Decimal Challenge or even stay in a hotel inspired by the Dewey Decimal System!

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