Posts Tagged ‘Lexiles’

Match Reading Levels in SIRS Discoverer

Effective educators equip their students to be lifelong learners. One essential skill in each student’s learning toolbox is an aptitude for reading. SIRS Discoverer is a general reference resource that offers a fully customized reading experience for students. Content results can be sorted by Lexile score to match reading level to student aptitude for those in elementary, middle and high schools. Editorially-selected reading levels associated with each article also provide guidance.


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Lexile scores match reader ability and text difficulty, allowing individualized monitoring of student progress.  Progress is key for college and career readiness.

The Common Core State Standards for reading “establish a ‘staircase’ of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school. ”

Climb the ladder of reading success with SIRS Discoverer!

Leading Issues for Middle School

Junior high/middle school students may be challenged by research since they are in the process of developing critical thinking skills. They may feel ill equipped to navigate the Internet’s sea of information and can easily get lost in an information overload of sources that may be over their reading level, incorrect or even inappropriate.

SIRS Issues Researcher’s Leading Issues is the solution for Middle School students to navigate the research process step by step with content that matches their reading level.

Each Leading Issue models a logical argument with a topic overview to understand the basics, an essential question that poses a position and yes/no articles to support each side. Each Leading Issue also contains terms to know, quotes, statistics, and critical thinking questions as tools to fully analyze their selected issue. Lexile

As students dig deeper in content related to their topic, they will find balanced viewpoints to effectively support any argument. Articles and graphics are vetted from a variety of media for appropriate content and can be sorted according to Lexile level.

Middle School students will have no trouble selecting an issue of interest to them personally with choices such as Cyberbullying, Fracking, School Uniforms and Cell Phones in School.

Let SIRS Issues Researcher be the go-to resource to help to make difficult topics accessible and customizable for any middle school student.

SIRS Issues Researcher Supports English Language Learners

Do you teach or work with students with limited proficiency in English? SIRS Issues Researcher supports English Language Learners by offering several useful integrated tools so you can customize the learning experience.

Lexile Scores:
Lexile reading level scores help you select content by reader ability and text difficulty to help challenged readers. With the Advanced Search feature, you can narrow search results by a range of lexile levels to find appropriate material.

Language Translator: Students learning to speak English or learning a foreign language can translate articles to 11 different languages. This feature allows users to view and compare the text in English and their native language.

Read  Aloud: Lower-level readers and ELL students can listen and follow along with text-to-speech where each word is highlighted as it is read. Or MP3 files may be downloaded to an audio device or computer.

Here’s an Application Idea:

Improve English proficiency through both audio and visual support!

Language Translator + Text-to-Speech Read Aloud =Integrated Support for Students Learning English

1. Using the translation tool, convert an article to student’s native language.

2. Print article after it has been translated.

3. With printed article in hand, students follow along in their native language on paper as they listen in English through our read aloud functionality.

Lexile Search in eLibrary

Did you know that you can search by Lexile in eLibrary? It’s easy to do and can help you demonstrate to teachers and administrators eLibrary’s ability to support differentiated learning objectives.

To search, simply select the Advanced Search link to the left of the search box on the eLibrary Basic Search screen. Under the More Search Options heading, there is an option to “enter lexile”. Enter the Lexile number for which you wish to search. The search engine then retrieves documents with Lexile scores within a range of 50 points above or 100 points below the entered number. So, for example, if you were to enter an advanced search query and limit the query with a Lexile score of 500, the search engine would retrieve text documents that matched your query with Lexile scores that range between 400 to 550.

All text documents in eLibrary receive a Lexile score. Lexile scores for individual documents appear in the search results list.

While there is no direct correspondence between a specific Lexile measure and a specific grade level, research has demonstrated a range of typical Lexile measures of students of a given grade level. MetaMetrics®, the  company responsible for Lexiles, provides a helpful Lexile-to-Grade correspondence chart.

In addition to Lexiles, eLibrary offers its own Reading Level rubric based upon the Gunning Fogg Flesch-Kincaid Index.  Account administrators have the ability to set the default reading level measurement (either Lexile or eLibrary Reading Level) for all users of the account through the Local Admin tool. For more about the Local Admin tool, there is a short video available.

To learn more about eLibrary, Reading Level Search, and other Advanced Search options, check out this recorded video training on the proquestk12.com Web site.