MetaMetrics has reached an agreement with the Oregon Department of Education to provide the Lexile Framework for Reading to students this year.

Oregon students are scheduled to receive Lexile measures from Durham-based MetaMetrics after taking the Oregon Reading/Literature Knowledge and Skills Test.

The study to link the Lexile Framework to Oregon’s state assessment is funded through the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s “Reading First” initiative, a $900 million state grant program promoting the use of scientifically based research to provide reading instruction for grades K-3.

MetaMetrics says the Lexile Framework for Reading is suited to help states meet the goals of “Reading First” by providing a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing monitoring of student progress. There are currently Lexile measures for nearly 50,000 books and more than 70 million articles.

“Collaborating with Oregon education leaders to use Lexiles to ensure that students read at or above grade level furthers our commitment to making Lexile measures the global standard for matching readers and text,” said Malbert Smith, president of MetaMetrics. “We are excited to add Oregon to the growing list of states that have adopted Lexiles in support of their goals to improve student reading ability.”