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The Lexile® Framework for Writing is a scientifically valid, reliable method to measure writing ability. It’s tied to the same measurement system as The Lexile® Framework for Reading to create an ecosystem of literacy assessment tools that work together.

Writing skills are closely tied to reading skills, and the student’s progress is cyclical. When students read well-written content and practice writing on a regular basis, their abilities improve. Lexile measures help teachers provide personalized reading materials and writing activities to accelerate student growth in language arts.

Elementary school students in their classroom.

To graduate from high school college- and career-ready, students need to be able to express themselves clearly in writing.

Measuring Student Writing for Success

The Lexile Framework for Writing measures a student’s writing ability based on two critical factors:

  • Semantic complexity —  the difficulty level of the words used, and;
  • Syntactic sophistication — how the student uses those words in sentences.

A student’s Lexile writing measure is typically lower than their Lexile reading measure. For example, a student might measure 1240L in reading, but write at 1120L, since students usually read and comprehend at a higher level than they can write. Just like the reading measure, students receive Lexile writer measures from classroom and state standardized assessments.

Adding Lexile writer measures to your writing products, programs and assessments provides your customers with standardized, actionable reporting that helps students and teachers track writing progress and seamlessly personalize learning.