Turnitin recently announced they have added Lexile measures to their instructional writing program- Revision Assistant. (A child’s Lexile measure indicates what level they are currently reading at.) This is great news, because a student will score much higher on their test if the writing prompt is on their reading level and they are able to fully understand it.  Now, teachers can personalize their instruction even more and students can feel more confident about their writing.

“Students write better essays when they fully understand the text they are writing about. Revision Assistant is an instructional tool that gives immediate, specific, and actionable feedback to students while they are engaged in the process of writing essays in response to specific prompts, many of which are source-based. Now, teachers can use Lexile measures to ensure that the reading selections they assign to students within Revision Assistant are appropriate to each individual pupil. Students will be able to write essays for prompts that meet their specific reading levels, all the while receiving feedback to help them improve their skills.” ~ Turnitin


During the assignment set up process teachers will be able to view the Lexile information. The article adds that Turnitin is joining other education technology developers in leveraging Lexile information from MetaMetrics.  This information is being used to support the reading development of students in over 180 countries, including over 35 million students here in the U.S.

“Lexile measures have become the most prevalent metric to help teachers identify appropriate texts for their students,” said Malbert Smith, Ph.D., CEO & cofounder of MetaMetrics. “I applaud Turnitin for using Lexile measures to give teachers the same confidence they do with reading texts, as they assign prompts in Revision Assistant.”


To learn more about Turnitin adding Lexile measures to Revision Assistant, click here.