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.


Grade 4, 7, 8 Classrooms Needed for Mathematics Research

MetaMetrics is seeking participants for an upcoming research project investigating the difficulty of various aspects of mathematics problems.

We at MetaMetrics believe that assessment and instruction should be connected. Providing quality information about a student’s mathematics ability is a key component of one of MetaMetrics’ mottos: “Bringing Meaning to Measurement.” We continue to explore innovative relationships in the development of mathematics assessment through our research agenda.

As such, MetaMetrics is recruiting for our ongoing mathematics item difficulty research initiative. We are specifically looking for teachers of students in grades 4, 7, and 8 willing to administer a short set of mathematics items to their students using our online assessment delivery system.  The goals of the research include examining features that make items more or less challenging for students.

For more information, please visit https://goo.gl/kzG0mi. Each teacher whose classroom participates in the study will receive a $75.00 Amazon gift card.

We look forward to working with you on this important study.

First Grade Classrooms Needed for Reading Research

MetaMetrics is seeking participants for an upcoming research project investigating early reading ability.

We at MetaMetrics believe that assessment and instruction should be connected. Providing quality information about a student’s reading ability is a key component of one of MetaMetrics’ mottos: “Bringing Meaning to Measurement.” We continue to explore innovative relationships with the development of literacy through its groundbreaking research agenda.

As such, MetaMetrics is recruiting for our ongoing Early Reader research initiative. We are specifically looking for first grade teachers willing to administer a short set of reading items to their students.  Many of these items include illustrations. The goals of the research include reliably assessing the complex connection between visual illustrations and reading abilities.

For more information, please visit . Each teacher whose classroom participates in the study will receive a $75.00 Barnes and Noble gift card.

We look forward to working with you on this important study.

Sunday, September 6th is National Read a Book Day!

As holidays go, Read a Book Day can be celebrated with minimal effort. Step one: Find a book. Step two: Read. Step three: Enjoy. For anyone interested in less solitary festivities, here are a few ideas:

  • Find a Free Little Library in your neighborhood. Maybe you have books to donate, or perhaps you’ll find one for yourself. If there is no Free Little Library in your area, it’s easy to start
  • September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have a library card, this is a great day to get one. Many libraries also accept donated books.
  • Join (or begin) a book club. Start one with your friends, or engage with your fellow readers online.
  • Walk to your shelf. Find a book you love. Give it to someone who will love it.

Of course, we always recommend that students and parents looking for books targeted to both reading ability and interests access the free Lexile “Find a Book” search tool.


Happy reading!

The 2015 Summer Math Challenge Added Up to Success

The 2015 Quantile Summer Math Challenge drew to a close at the end of last week. The Summer Math Challenge is a free math-skills maintenance program developed by the team behind the Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. For six weeks each summer, registered parents receive daily emails with fun activities and links to resources designed to help their students retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. This year’s Summer Math Challenge was a huge success and saw the greatest number of participants so far, with a 30% increase in registration over last year. Thousands of parents and children from all 50 states participated. We are truly grateful for all the support.

As a reward for those who completed the challenge, a personalized Summer Math Challenge Award Certificate is offered for download. The certificate celebrates students’ hard work and summarizes the concepts reviewed during the Summer Math Challenge. Additionally we provide a Summer Math Challenge Teacher Letter to pass along once school starts back. This letter provides your child’s teacher with additional information about the Summer Math Challenge, the Quantile Framework, and how to use the tools available on Quantiles.com.

Missed out on the Summer Math Challenge this year? Registration for the next challenge is always available. We’ll be working all year to make the 2016 Summer Math Challenge even better! Until then, please visit Quantiles.com to explore the many other free resources available to parents and educators. If you have any questions about the Summer Math Challenge or the Quantile Framework, please contact us by visiting quantiles.desk.com.

MetaMetrics and Departments of Education Team Up to Combat Summer Learning Loss!

This summer MetaMetrics has partnered with twenty two state departments of education to fight summer learning loss. Since 2012 MetaMetrics, in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has offered the “Chief’s Summer Learning Challenge” to freely support departments of education in order to create and sustain state-led summer reading initiatives. A few years later, MetaMetrics launched a sister program, the “Summer Math Challenge” (SMC).

Summer learning is a beloved, annual project among MetaMetrics staffers. It’s the brainchild of Malbert Smith, Ph.D., the president and co-founder of MetaMetrics, who recognizes that providing free tools to prevent kids from going home to text and resource free environments is a vital endeavor to combating summer learning loss. Dr. Smith also serves on the National Summer Learning Association’s Board of Directors.

“Summer learning loss is not just a problem facing children of low-income families, it is an epidemic across America that affects all students,” stated Dr. Malbert Smith. “For example, all students on average lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation over the summer months each year. Such unfortunate statistics qualify a call to action. When we launched the Chief’s Challenge, it was thrilling to see state chiefs positively respond and take action in their states. Even more rewarding are my trips to states’ summer learning launch parties and promotional events. Seeing our young learners rallied and excited to kick off summer learning compels our passion to keep fighting learning loss and to continue our efforts year after year.”

One of the free tools offered for reading is the popular, Lexile-based book search tool, “Find a Book.” “Find a Book” allows readers to search for titles targeted to their reading ability and personal interests, and then to locate those titles at their local library. States can work with MetaMetrics to personalize a “Find a Book” landing page for their students to visit over the summer months. To incentivise the reading challenge, MetaMetrics posts a Summer Reading Pledge. When readers submit their reading pledge they are entered into a drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

On the math side of MetaMetrics summer learning opportunities is a free, Quantile-based resource that keeps kids practicing their math skills for six weeks over the summer. The SMC is a math skills maintenance program targeted to students who have just completed grade 2 through 6. Parents who enroll their child will receive daily emails with fun activities that are targeted to their child’s Quantile level (mathematical ability) and links to educational resources. For more information about MetaMetrics summer learning opportunities, visit www.lexile.com or www.Quantiles.com.

Dr. Malbert Smith speaks to North Carolina students at Give Five—Read Five summer 2015’s kick off event. Photo credit: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Dr. Malbert Smith speaks to North Carolina students at Give Five—Read Five summer 2015’s kick off event. Photo credit: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Unveiling the New UK Lexile Map!


We are pleased to announce that the Lexile® Map has been customized for our UK audience. The new UK version of the Lexile Map is now available to download at http://cdn.lexile.com/cms_page_media/135/UK_Lexile_Map.pdf. Mindful of the growing requests for a printable classroom resource from UK educators, MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, decided to update the popular American Lexile Map.

MetaMetrics constructed the UK Lexile map with specific intentions. These focus points include 1) the ability to easily print by adjusting the map’s layout to A3 format; 2) customizing sample titles so that the titles were popular titles that were available in the UK; and 3) illustrating the developmental nature of the Lexile Framework for Reading to UK audience. A team was assembled to develop a map that met these goals.

MetaMetrics’ International Team consulted with established education experts in the UK to best tailor the Lexile map to UK classroom needs. Todd Sandvik, Senior Vice President of Global Services, and Jackson Stenner, Manager of Global Services, helmed the initiative. Their efforts included a rigorous selection process for the new titles. Titles were identified from several popular reading lists, including, Amazon UK bestsellers and the World Book Day’s surveyBooks That Every Child Should Read by 16. Selected titles ranged from 200L for early reading books to 1600L for more advanced texts. In addition to providing over 100 popular books at various points on the Lexile scale, the UK map also displays three exemplar texts. These three exemplar texts are excerpted passages from titles measured at the 400L, 900L and 1300L reading levels.

Many schools throughout the United States utilize the print-friendly Lexile Map to post in classrooms and libraries. Teachers, librarians and students can use the UK Lexile Map as a quick reference guide for what a Lexile measure means. Once you know a student’s Lexile measure, you can use the Lexile map to get a sense of his or her reading level in terms of books he or she has encountered.


First Grade Classrooms Needed for Research Study!

As an educational measurement and research organization, MetaMetrics is dedicated to “Bringing Meaning to Measurement.” We strongly believe that assessment and instruction could and should be connected. To strengthen that connection, MetaMetrics continues to explore questions about literacy and mathematics and to conduct research studies that provide empirical data to help answers those questions.

Currently, MetaMetrics is recruiting for our ongoing Early Reader research initiative. We are looking for first grade teachers who are willing and able to administer a short study to their students.   The goals of this research include improving understanding of what makes text complex for the earliest readers and how early reading ability can be assessed reliably and fairly across different populations of students.

For more information, please visit here.

We hope you will consider volunteering to help with this important study.

UNC School of Education Commencement Address

Earlier this month, MetaMetrics® President and Co-founder, Malbert Smith, Ph.D., delivered an inspiring commencement address to the graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education. To view the entire speech, click here.

Smith’s speech emphasized the powerful role that educators have in our society. He started by declaring that the future educators in the room were the most important graduates in the Dean Dome that day because they will be responsible for our most important asset: our children.  

Smith’s speech also highlighted several important educational challenges and how public policy can be used to address these challenges.  The educational challenges Smith referenced included the summer learning loss epidemic and other consequences of the traditional academic calendar, shrinking educational budgets, lenient compulsory education laws and the lack of early education programs. He encouraged educators to enlighten their elected officials on these topics to help promote educational progress. Finally, Smith told the future teachers to stay true to their profession and urged them to inspire the future generation.

Smith ended the address with a fitting quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Duke University in 1975 and then went on to earn a master’s degree in educational psychology from the UNC School of Education in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1979.  Smith co-founded MetaMetrics in 1984  with CEO A. Jackson Stenner, Ph.D. and together they created The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile para Leer, The Lexile Framework for Writing and The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics.  

Smith is a particularly sought-after thought leader on education reform and policy. He authors many case studies, policy briefs, research briefs and white papers on a wide range of education topics.

Smith will be speaking at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Rural Chiefs Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 31st and will be participating at the 2013 ECS National Forum on Education Policy in St Louis, Missouri on June 26th.

For more information on Dr. Smith’s speaking events, please visit www.metametricsinc.com/events.

Malbert delivering the goods unc 2013 A view from afar unc 2013

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