Monthly Archives: June 2014


From the book: Great Habits  Great Readers

by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Aja Settles, and Julianna Worrell

Core Idea:

“Forming habits is meaningless if they aren’t the right habits.”

Core Idea:

“Students master comprehension as a musician masters a symphony –one stanza at a time.”

Core Idea:

“Independent reading is the scrimmage that prepares students for the “big game” of reading.  That big game happens later —when no one is keeping score.”

Core Idea:

“Students can’t fall in love with reading if they aren’t reading to begin with.”






Lexiles & Benchmark Levels—How do they compare?

Answer from The Fountas & Pinnell Team:

While there will always be different approaches in determining a texts level of complexity, this comparison assumes there is a direct and reliable relationship between Lexile Levels and Fountas & Pinnell Levels.

Lexile takes one approach by measuring text complexity in a simpler way — sentence length, syllables, and word frequency.

Fountas and Pinnell take another approach. The Fountas & Pinnell Levels are determined by also evaluating concepts, need for background knowledge, and plot. A student might very well be able to decode texts at several levels higher and so, measured without comprehension assessment, it may look like he is meeting standard.

There may be a statistical correlation between Lexile levels and the Fountas & Pinnell Levels on the F&P Text Level Gradient™.

For example, if you run measures on thousands of books and over many levels, there would be a correlation.

We have not performed these analyses ourselves.

The lower Fountas & Pinnell Levels, in general, would have lower Lexile scores. The higher Fountas & Pinnell Levels generally would have higher scores. But this kind of correlation is not the same as a precise matching of levels, for example, a Lexile range of numbers corresponds to a specific A to Z level in a reliable way. The two systems are based on some of the same text factors, but not all.

Metametrics uses a mathematical formula, which they can explain.

The Fountas & Pinnell Levels are based on the ten text characteristics named in several of Fountas and Pinnell’s books. A group of raters reach reliability after independent analysis.

We cannot say with high prediction that a given book with a certain Lexile score will fall into a category on the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Every time we have looked at Lexile levels for texts that seem highly reliable on our scale, we have found a number of “outliers.”

The Fountas & Pinnell Team



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