The Lexile Audio Measure is an indicator of the complexity of an audio passage. It is based on a scientifically developed scale by Metametrics, the developer of The Lexile Reading Framework. Learn more about the Lexile Framework for Listening on Metametrics’ website and download their whitepaper to read about the research behind the scale.
How to Find the Lexile Audio Measure
With Listenwise Premium, every podcast has a Lexile Audio Measure from 0L - 2000L, along with a low, medium, and high listening level designation. This measure will help connect students to audio content at a level of complexity that is appropriate for their listening comprehension skills.
You can also filter to find stories within a certain Lexile Audio Measure range on the Search page.
Grade Level Recommendations
We provide grade-level recommendations to help identify appropriate stories for your classes. You can find these recommendations by clicking on a story’s Lexile Audio Measure, which can be found on the Search page or a story page.
How Lexile Audio Measures Relate to Lexile Text Level
The Lexile Audio Measure is related to the Lexile Text Level, but they are not interchangeable, so you should not use a student’s reading level to choose listening content. If you don’t know your students’ listening Lexile levels, use the low, medium, and high listening levels (you can filter by these levels when searching). In general, elementary educators may want to start with low-level stories (Lexile levels 0-1250L), middle-grade educators with medium-level stories (1251L -1555L), and high school educators with medium/high-level stories (1251L-2000L). Appropriate Lexile audio levels will vary by student – the key is to challenge students without frustrating them.
We are planning to develop a student listening measure assessment to better match students with appropriate levels in the future, so stay tuned!
Watch this webinar if you’re interested in learning more about the research behind the Lexile Audio Measures: