Text Complexity Toolkit

To help put the right book in each reader's hands, use the following tools to implement comprehensive text complexity analyses within your instructional plans.

  • Qualitative Measures
    Determine if the qualitative measures of assigned books meet your differentiation needs.
  • Quantitative Measures
    Plan for each student's reading abilities to grow along a sequenced quantitative literacy continuum.


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Completing a Text Complexity Rubric [coming soon]

Creating a Custom Reading List

Qualitative values

Utilizing an innovative rubric that both collects and reveals teachers' crowdsourced opinions about seven distinct elements of text for both informational and literary books.

Quantitative values

Assigning appropriate grade bands with a crosswalk that translates Lexile levels of specific books to a half-dozen other computer-generated measures, including Fountas & Pinnell and ATOS.

Reader and task considerations

Offering questions that guide teachers to keep these vital elements of literacy in mind.

Cultural Representation and Diversity: Optional Questions

These questions were adapted from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Curriculum and can be used to guide text selection and conversations.

Genre & curricular area measurements

Revealing the variety and differentiation of titles on any booklist — highlighting what is represented, and tools that grow and balance the list.