SRI Overview

  • What is Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)?
  • How is SRI helpful?
    • SRI enables teachers to tracks students’ reading growth over time.
    • SRI allows educators to collect formative assessment data throughout the year.
    • SRI supports teachers in forecasting the level of comprehension a student will experience with a particular text.
    • SRI helps educators make data-driven decisions for differentiated instruction to positively impact student achievement.
  • How does SRI work?
    • The assessment is entirely computer-based.
    • Students select areas of reading interest: “Heroes and Courage; Sports and Fun; Science Fiction,” for example.
    • It is administered independently in as little as 20 minutes.
    • Upon completion of testing, District, building, classroom and individual reports are immediately available.
  • Why is SRI a respected assessment tool?

    • It is research-based and the subject of several validation studies, including a vast norming study and a gender, race and ethnic differences analysis.
    • Results of these studies prove that SRI is an efficient and accurate measure of comprehension.
    • SRI is computer-adaptive, meaning the program’s algorithm continually adjusts the difficulty of passages based upon student responses.
    • SRI measures of text comprehension are highly accurate because the program is computer-adaptive and also because SRI targets students’ current reading levels and starts following tests at that level.
    • SRI uses authentic text as passages are derived from “real-world” media, including best-selling literature, curriculum texts and familiar periodicals.
    • SRI directly reports student reading levels using the “native” Lexile item format.
  • Why are results of student reading comprehension levels reported through Lexile measurements?
    • SRI was developed in partnership with MetaMetrics, Inc., the creator of The Lexile Framework for Reading, because Lexiles are a proven measure of reading ability and text difficulty.
    • SRI is the first classroom-based assessment program that directly reports student-reading levels using the native Lexile item format, which means the score is an “authentic” measure vs. an “equivalent” measure.
    • The Lexile measure evaluates both reading ability and text difficulty and places them on the same scale thus providing the most precise way to match readers to text.
  • What is The Lexile Framework for Reading, and how do Lexile measurements compare to grade level reading scores?
    • The Lexile Framework actually consists of a measure and a scale.
      • “A Lexile measure is the numeric representation of a reader’s ability OR a text’s difficulty; both are followed by an “L” (e.g., 850L).
      • “The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading that ranges from 200L for beginning readers/text to above 1700L for advanced readers/text.”
  • How do Lexile measurements compare to grade level reading scores?
    • Lexile measurements reflect a range of scores that overlap between grades. For example …,
      • 7th graders’ measurements range approximately between 950L-1030L.
      • 8th graders: 1000L-1100L
      • 9th graders: 1030L-1120L
      • 10th graders: 1100L-1200L
      • 11th graders: 1120L-1210L
      • 12th graders: 1210L-1300L
      • College students and post-graduates: 1240L-1700L
  • What are some examples of “real life” reading materials that have been evaluated and assigned Lexile measurements?
    • Samples of text from various reading situations are as follows:
      • Children’s comic strip: 350L
      • Checklist for cooks: 610L
      • Toy assembly instructions: 750L
      • Elementary encyclopedia: 850L
      • Eleventh-grade chemistry textbook: 1100L
      • Car warranty: 1150L
      • USA Today: 1200L
      • The New York Times: 1380L
      • Medicare rules and regulations: 1430L
      • Zoning regulations for businesses: 1680L
      • Business partnership agreement: 1780L
  • How do the JSD Approved Reading Lists reflect Lexile measurements?

    • Current titles are updated to include Lexile levels.
    • New titles will include Lexile levels if available.
  • Educators can contact publishers to request books without Lexile measures be evaluated. (Go to Lexile.com to learn how.)