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The following is a Lexile analysis of the ACT Aspire Exemplar Test Items for Reading:

Early High School-Social Science-Biscotti di Prato 1150L (Ind. 1250L) – Grade 12+ Text Complexity
Social Science-Biscotti di Prato (#8) 1070L (Ind. 1170L) – Grade 10 Text Complexity

Grade-8-Social Science-A Capital Capitol 1060L (Ind. 1160L) – Grade 9 Text Complexity
Social Science-A Capital Capitol (#7) 1040L (Ind. 1140L) – Grade 9 Text Complexity

Grade-6-Literary Narrative-White Fang 1000L (Ind. 1100L) – Grade 8 Text Complexity
Literary Narative-White Fang (#8) 1120L (Ind. 1220L) – Grade 12+ Text Complexity

Grade-4-Reading-Citizen Scientists 1130L (Ind. 1230L) – Grade 12+ Text Complexity

As you can see, based on the highest Lexile listed in each range of the Lexile-to-Grade Correspondence chart, the complexity of passages is grossly inappropriate for students of all grade levels represented in the Exemplars.

The Early High School (Grade 9) reading passage requires an independent reading level of 1250L. This text would be appropriate for the score band of students above Grade 12, post-secondary education (Grades 11 and 12 – 940-1210L). The text in this passage should be in the range of 855-1165L.

The Grade 8 reading passage requires an independent reading level of 1160L. This text would be appropriate for the score band of students in Grade 9 ( Grade 9 – 855-1165L). The text in this passage should be in the range of 805-1100L.

The Grade 6 reading passage requires an independent reading level of 1100L. This text would be appropriate for the score band of students in Grade 8 ( Grade 8 – 805-1100L). The text in this passage should be in the range of 665-1000L.

And my personal favorite:
The Grade 4 reading passage requires an independent reading level of 1230L. This text would be appropriate for the score band of students in Grade 12+ (Grades 11 and 12 – 940-1210L). The text in this passage should be in the range of 445-810L.

I argue that students, in actuality, probably perform closer to the lower end of the score band than at the higher.

This analysis is based on findings using the analyzer produced by The Lexile Framework for Reading by MetaMetrics, one that is positively represented in a research study discussed in Appendix A of CCSS , “The major comparability finding of the research was that all of the quantitative metrics were reliably and often highly correlated with grade level and student performance based measures of text difficulty across a variety of text sets and reference measures.”

This link leads to a document that offers an explanation of how to use the text analyzer provided by The Lexile Framework for Reading.

The Green Reading Framework offers three sequences of score bands that can be used for instructional purposes. It also shows a comparison between score bands used in CRS and CCSS.

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