Lexile Framework® for Listening


Metametrics, the developer of The Lexile Framework for Reading (the most widely used reading measure in the world) has created The Lexile Framework for Listening. Just like the Lexile Framework for Reading, the new Lexile Framework for Listening uses a scientific approach to place both the listener and audio passage complexity on the same developmental scale, making it easy to connect students with audio content targeted to their listening comprehension levels.



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The Creation of the Lexile
Framework for Listening

Metametrics partnered with Listenwise on a pilot study to develop the listening scale in 2019. Both Metametrics and Listenwise believed that Lexile measures for reading, were not an accurate or appropriate way to measure audio complexity or student listening skills. Stay tuned for a white paper to learn more about the factors affecting listening comprehension and the research underpinning the new framework.



Lexile Audio Measures
Coming Soon
to Listenwise!

Listenwise is the first curriculum to include Lexile® listening measures. Every podcast on Listenwise will have a Lexile audio measure in our Premium version. Explore our 2000+ library of Lexile leveled podcasts as soon as the Lexile audio measures are available. Click “Notify Me” below to be the first to know!

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"Finding the right level audio for your students is essential. It's like finding the right shoe or glove that fits. These new Lexile Audio measurements will make it easy for me to find the right fit to challenge my students to listen to more complex topics and content in order to stretch their comprehension levels. I can see it making an impact on how we teach listening skills."
Jim bentley

— ­Jim Bentley
5th & 6th grade teacher
Elk Grove School District, California




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How Does the Lexile
Audio Measure Work?

The Lexile Audio Measure provides a score of the audio passage complexity, enabling teachers to match appropriate audio to their listeners. 12 important variables such as grammar, vocabulary, speech rate and tempo, and word clarity are part of the Lexile audio measure.