McHENRY, IL - June 14, 2000 - Follett Software Company, the leading provider of K-12 library automation, has announced an agreement with Lexile.com, creator of the Lexile Framework for Reading. The new agreement will help schools enhance students' reading skills by making it easier to locate reading materials that match their abilities.
The Lexile Framework for Reading
The Lexile Framework is an educational tool designed to assess the skill level of readers and texts, and then assign them Lexile measures (common metrics without subjective evaluation). Educators and parents can then help connect students with texts assigned the same Lexile level. Educators can use Lexiles to forecast the level of comprehension a reader will experience with a particular text. And teachers can evaluate their curriculum based on each student's ability to comprehend the materials.
"Through our partnership with Lexile, we'll be able to grow product and service offerings that help K-12 educators improve students' reading skills," said Tom Schenck, Follett Software Company president. "The first step is incorporating the use of Lexiles into our software so students can search for books by reading level."
Malbert Smith, president of Lexile.com commented, "We are excited to join forces with the acknowledged leader in the library automation software space. Our alliance with Follett Software Company will permit the millions of students who are receiving Lexile measures to connect their test scores to their library's collection of books. Linking Lexile test measures to Lexile linked libraries will encourage more targeted reading for all students."
Search the OPAC by Lexile
Follett Software Company plans to incorporate Lexiles into their library automation solutions in a variety of ways. The company's online searching solutions will enable students to search their school library collections by Lexile range via the OPAC (online public access catalog), making it easy to find resources that match their reading skills. In addition, a new service from Follett Software will enable libraries to offer OPAC access to Lexiles with minimal effort. The service will add Lexile information to libraries' existing MARC library records (in the 521 tag) for them, eliminating a labor-intensive task that would otherwise consume library staff's time.
Lexiles Growing in Popularity
The use of Lexiles in the K-12 market is on the rise. For example, the state of California included Lexile measuring in its standardized testing this spring. Parents were given their students' Lexile measures, and now both students and parents can search a list of state-approved titles by Lexile on the Internet.
Lexiles are in use in other states and large districts as well. There are Lexile initiatives either in place or under way in North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Utah, Texas and Hawaii. Large districts such as Pinnellas County, FL and Dade County, FL, have also adopted the Lexile Framework in their library and reading curriculum.
Lexile.com is a division of MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and technology firm in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The Lexile Framework has already been applied to more than 25,000 books, 2 million articles and has entered a joint venture to Lexile Internet sites. The Lexile Framework enables teachers, parents and students to select reading material that is appropriately targeted to the reader. Major corporations utilizing Lexiles include Scholastic, Pearson, Globe Fearon, Addison-Wesley, Rigby, EBSCO, Follett and Harcourt Educational Measurement. The Lexile Framework was developed over a 10-year period with research conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD). Adoption of the Lexile Framework is spreading rapidly in states and school districts nationwide, with the states of Alabama and California among this month's additions.
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 30,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. The company also has the largest base of installed Windows customers, with 15,000 users. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. In 1999, the company was ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com .