Reporting Spanish Lexile Reading and Text Measures

Spanish Lexile reading measures describe a student’s ability to read and comprehend text written in Spanish. Spanish Lexile reading measures are reported as a number followed by a capital “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., 1050L). Higher Lexile reading measures correspond with higher reading comprehension abilities. Measures range from below 0L (i.e., BR) to above 1500L for advanced readers.

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

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

For students with Spanish Lexile reading measures below 0L, their measure is replaced with “BR” to signify that the measure represents a “Beginning Reader.” For example, a Lexile measure of -100L would be reported as BR.

As with any test score, uncertainty in the form of measurement error is present; 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., 90L, 114L). For additional information, please see the MetaMetrics, Inc. Marketing and Branding Guidelines document.

The measures reported for an individual student should reflect the purpose for which they will be used. If the purpose is accountability (at the student, school, or district level), then actual measures should be reported at all score points. If the purpose is instructional, the scores should be capped at the upper bound of measurement error (e.g., at the 95th percentile point). In an instructional environment where the purpose of the Spanish Lexile reading measure is to appropriately match readers with books, no student should receive a negative Spanish Lexile reading measure. Therefore measures of 0L or below are reported as “BR” for “Beginning Reader.”

This table provides reporting caps by grade and course for English-language and Spanish-language Lexile reading measures:

Table 1. Standard Lexile reading measures reported caps by grade and course
Grade Lexile Spanish Lexile ELA Course

BR400L or BR1300L*

K 850L 750L
1 900L 850L
















1500L English I
10 1750L 1500L English II
11 1800L 1500L
12 1825L 1500L
Note: The BR lower bound cap is determined by the description of the construct being measured and the presence of foundational reading items. For the measurement of English reading comprehension, MetaMetrics will confirm which lower bound BR cap should be used with the scoring service.

Some Spanish assessments report a Spanish Lexile reading range for each student, which is 50L above and 100L below the student’s actual Spanish Lexile reading measure. This range represents the boundaries between the easiest kind of reading material for the student and the level at which the student will be more challenged yet can still read successfully.

All Spanish Lexile text measures produced by the Spanish Lexile Text Analyzer are rounded to the nearest 10L. Measures range from below 0L (i.e., BR) for beginning text to above 1600L for texts. For texts with Lexile text measures below 0L, the complete text measure is replaced with a “BR” code indicating that these are “Beginner Reader” texts.