In the spring of 2009, students across the Commonwealth of Virginia will have a Lexile Score or Lexile Level posted on their report card.
It is anticipated that some schools will encourage their students to read at their Lexile level. It is further anticipated that public libraries will be asked to help students and parents to find books that are in a certain Lexile level.
The Lexile level is determined by taking the Lexile score and subtracting 100 and then taking the Lexile score and adding 50. Using this formula a person who Lexile score is 300 would have a Lexile level of 200 to 350. Schools may recommend that students only read within their Lexile level.
The Library of Virginia is assisting libraries to promote reading and improving students' readings scores by supporting the Virginia Department of Education Lexile Project. This support includes creating a booklist for librarians to easily locate quality books in a student's Lexile Level, and by offering reimbursement of registration costs to 12 librarians and the Library of Virginia Children's and Youth Services Consultant on completion of the American Library Association online class, "Reading Instruction and Children's Books." These participants will share the class information with at least two other library systems.