Text Complexity Resources

Published: 2/10/2014 8:46 AM

 On this page are resources to support implementation of the KY Core Academic Standards for ELA and the Literacy in the Science, Social Studies/History and Technical Areas Standards.


Text Complexity WebEx PPT in PDF
Text complexity in the Common Core Standards pptx2.pdf

Reader & Task Considerations: Questions for Professional Reflection

Sample Text Complexity Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird

Lexile® information can be found Here
Adolescent Literacy In Perspective (April 2012)
This issue, published by the Ohio Resource Center, is dedicated to the topic of text complexity and offers more perspectives on selecting texts, scaffolding instruction for students reading below grade level, and working across content areas to provide students with access to complex texts.

CCSSO Text Complexity Resources

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hosted a webinar to share tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity. The webinar featured Sue Pimentel, a member of the Common Core State Standards English language arts writing committee, as well as representatives from the Kansas and Louisiana Departments of Education. In addition to the webinar, you will find at this link a study, Measures of Text Complexity by Jessica Nelson, Charles Perfetti, David Liben, and Meredith Liben. The study assessed the capabilities of six text difficulty metrics to predict reference measures of text difficulty. These six metrics were as follows: Lexile (MetaMetrics), ATOS (Renaissance Learning), Degrees of Reading Power: DRP Analyzer (Questar Assessment, Inc.), REAP (Carnegie Mellon University), SourceRater (Educational Testing Service), and the Pearson Reading Maturity Metric (Pearson Knowledge Technologies). Additionally, the study included a seventh metric (Coh-Metrix, University of Memphis) that provides multiple indices of text difficulty.

CCSSO Navigating Text Complexity
Understanding text complexity is essential to implementing the Common Core State Standards in ELA & Literacy. To assist teachers with this implementation, this site was assembled by educators from CT, HI, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, NC, WV & WY, members of CCSSO's ELA State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards. These tools include information regarding what text complexity is and how it’s measured, the three legs of text complexity, guidance on how to analyze texts on your own, tips on bridging to instruction and other additional resources.    

Text Complexity Planning Resources
The CCSSO English language arts SCASS group has been developing a common version of text complexity materials for use by teachers. These include:

Reader and Task Considerations Questions

Sample Using Robert F. Kennedy Speech

Quilt of a Country
ELA SCASS - Quilt of a Country 10-1.docx
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