Wayne Onkst and Malbert Smith (#717)
Wayne Onkst, state librarian and commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and Malbert Smith, president and co-founder of MetaMetrics in North Carolina, discuss reading programs taking place at most of Kentucky's public libraries this summer.
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The new "Find a Book, Kentucky" program is being launched this summer in a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky public libraries. The program lets families use a free online search tool to match students with materials appropriate for their reading ability based on the Lexile Framework for Reading.
The Lexile Framework for Reading was developed by MetaMetrics to provide a measurement of reading abilities using actual assessments rather than a general age or grade level. Kentucky schools adopted the program in 2010.
Public librarians can help children and their parents as they make summer reading selections based on Lexile measures.
Students get a Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1700L for advanced readers. Lexile levels are assigned to books based on factors like sentence length and complexity.
If students do not know their Lexile scores, the "Find a Book, Kentucky" search tool allows them to look for materials based on grade level and how difficult they find their current school reading.
MetaMetrics is listed as an endorsing partner of the U.S. Common Core Standards Initiative, a set of standards developed to ensure that high school graduates are college and career ready.