Reporting Lexile Listening Measures and Audio Measures

Lexile listening measures describe a student’s ability to comprehend English-language information through listening. Lexile listening measures are expressed as numeric measures followed by an “L” and are placed on the Lexile scale. There is no space between the measure and the “L,” and measures of 1,000 or greater are reported without a comma (e.g., 1270L). Measures range from below 0L for beginning listeners (e.g., BL75L) to above 1500L for advanced listeners.

All Lexile listening measures should be rounded to the nearest 5L to avoid over-interpretation of the measures.

For example, if:
  • A Lexile listening measure for a student is 572, it should be reported as 570L.
  • A Lexile listening measure for a student is 577, it should be reported as 575L.

For students with Lexile listening measures below 0L, the negative sign is replaced with a “BL” code to represent “Beginning Listener.” For example, a score of -90L should be reported as BL90L. MetaMetrics expresses these as “Reported Lexile Listening Measures” and recommends that these measures be reported on individual score reports.

As with any test score, uncertainty in the form of measurement error is present. If the purpose for using Lexile listening measures is research (e.g., to measure growth at the student, grade, school, district, or state level) and not for reporting to students or parents, then actual measures may be used at all score points, rounded to the nearest integer. If uncertainties (i.e., numeric representations of measurement precision) are to be reported, the values should be rounded to the nearest whole number and include a trailing “L” after the number (e.g., 83L, 117L). Standard maximum Lexile listening measures by grade may be provided in the future.

All Lexile audio measures produced by the Lexile Audio Analyzer are rounded to the nearest 10L. Lexile audio measures range from below 0L for beginning audio materials (e.g., BL90L) to above 1800L for advanced audio materials.