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Within a particular formula, results are usually quite consistent. Thus, formulas help teachers and researchers compare many different texts. A science curriculum committee, of which I was a member, used readability formulas to estimate the difficulties of the print materials in each curricula being reviewed. We found that some publishers had materials that were consistently more difficult than others. Also, the passages in some publishers’ curriculum were quite irregular, with one passage being very easy and another being quite difficult.
5, formulas will not take into account metaphorical language, idioms, and archaic usage. When using materials containing these elements, the formula results will underestimate text difficulty. As discussed earlier, similar issues arise with science and social studies texts, in which formulas can overestimate the difficulty. Results on content texts will be inflated if technical terms are repeated and supported by clear explanations and illustrations. However, the grade-level estimates will not be inflated if the material has a number of difficult words that are not repeated or well described.
At least 15 states, including Texas, California, North Carolina, and Georgia, have Lexile leveled their state tests, meaning that teachers in these states have access to their students’ reading levels in Lexiles. In addition, Scholastic Publishing Company provides Lexile levels on many of its books and sells Lexile Leveled Libraries to its customers. DRP provides difficulty ratings for hundreds of textbooks, and many school districts across the country use its tests. Testing companies also use these enhanced formulas to measure passages on standardized tests and to equate test forms.
Tools for Matching Readers to Texts: Research-Based Practices (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy) by Heidi Anne E. Mesmer