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How Michigan Educators Can Use Lexile Measures to Support Early Literacy Instruction

How Michigan Educators Can Use Lexile Measures to Support Early Literacy Instruction

In Michigan, early literacy is a more significant educational priority than ever before. The state passed legislation in 2016 that requires all students to be reading at a proficient level by the 3rd grade through early screening and interventions, and Michigan has made literacy an important component of its accountability indicators in its ESSA state plan. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has supported development of extensive instructional best practices and grant programs to support these initiatives, all of which center around providing research-based, highly individualized, hands-on literacy instruction.

In the 21st century classroom, data reporting is one of educators’ most useful tools to put this kind of meaningful, student-centered instruction into practice. But, collecting and using student data should be simple and efficient. After all, what good does gathering student data really do when it ends up costing you extra time and effort to translate it from raw to actionable data? Michigan administrators and teachers recognize the need for classroom data to be accurate, actionable, and prompt. That’s why a growing number of educators are turning to digital classroom tools like the Lexile® Framework for Reading from MetaMetrics® to bring meaningful measures to classroom data so that teachers and literacy specialists can spend more time personalizing learning and tailoring instruction to their students.

Diagnostic Assessment to Determine Accurate Lexile Measures

The increase in states’ adoption of Lexile® measures elevates the need for more tools and resources that can help educators turn data into action. Ensure that you have an education partner who offers high-quality programs for driving your students toward desired outcomes and provides features and functionality that will support your day-to-day instruction.

Through our partnership with MetaMetrics, Edmentum is proud to offer a program that provides Lexile measures as an output from an adaptive diagnostic assessment. Exact Path, Edmentum’s K–8 individualized learning solution, pairs adaptive assessment with powerful learning paths and makes it easier than ever to support personalized literacy instruction in your classroom.

Students in Exact Path begin with an adaptive diagnostic assessment aimed at understanding each student’s precise instructional level, strengths, and weaknesses. In addition to offering vital measures of growth, each administration of the program’s reading or math assessments also reveals a reliable corresponding Lexile measure. With Exact Path, Michigan educators can stay on top of their students’ Lexile measures and make sure that their students are on track to meet reading proficiency goals.

Putting Lexile Measures to Use with Personalized Learning Paths

After completing the adaptive diagnostic assessment and receiving Lexile measures, each student is set on an individualized learning path aligned to the Michigan Academic Standards that includes scaffolded reading instruction and practice. Lessons include direct instruction, practice, and regular quizzes, while Progress Checks provide real-time data to inform your daily instruction and targeted intervention time.

Exact Path provides educators with big-picture and skill-by-skill data views to support real-time progress monitoring for students, and the user-friendly interface and engaging, age-appropriate activities allow students to navigate their learning paths independently. The program easily tracks student progress and growth over time, allowing educators to gain powerful and timely insight to inform personalized literacy learning. With the Lexile measures that Exact Path reports for each student, educators can feel confident in the tools backing them up as they implement literacy instruction best practices and monitor student progress toward 3rd grade reading proficiency

The Lexile measures reported by Exact Path also help students and educators select appropriate reading materials that match their unique learning abilities. As students focus on materials that provide an appropriate level of challenge informed by assessments, they gain confidence as readers and lay the foundation for a smooth transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Interested in finding out more about how Edmentum is partnering with MetaMetrics to bring Lexile measures into your classroom? Check out these blog posts on Taking the Mystery Out of Lexile Measures and 4 Ways to Put Lexile Measures into Practice Today for tips on how to get the most out of this powerful metric.

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Sarah Cornelius

Sarah Cornelius is an Associate Product Manager at Edmentum and has been with the company since 2014. In her role, she works to provide educators with engaging and insightful resources. Sarah received her B.S. in Professional Communications and Emerging Media from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.