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Follett Library Resources Enhances Service With Lexile Rating.

MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet anticipated customer demand, Follett Library Resources, the largest supplier of books to school libraries in the United States, is adding the Lexile measure to its list of available MARC record enhancements. The Lexile measure, a component of the Lexile Framework, is a numerical value indicating the reading level of a book.

"We are extremely pleased that Follett Library Resources has chosen to include the Lexile Framework. This is a major step towards reaching our goal of establishing the Lexile Framework as a standard for measuring readability," said A. Jackson Stenner, chairman of MetraMetrics which developed the Framework. "We recognize the considerable prestige Follett has in the school marketplace, and Follett's adoption means school libraries will have easier access to the Lexile measure across the country."

Todd Litzsinger, Director of New Business Development for Follett, investigated the viability of the Lexile Framework. "We recognize the strength of matching a student's reading level with the reading level of a particular book," he said. "For customers who adopt the Framework, we will be prepared to provide the Lexile measure so students, teachers, and librarians can collaborate on matching the right books with the right readers."

Follett Library Resources is a division of the Follett Corporation, River Grove, Illinois. Through its various divisions, the Follett Corporation impacts the educational market all the way from kindergarten through college.

The Lexile Framework has been adopted for use in school district reading and testing programs around the country by the state of North Carolina plus school districts in Miami and St. Petersburg, Fla., Boulder, Colo., Atlanta, California and Kansas. It will be utilized elsewhere through contractual agreements with book distributors and other publishing companies.

Based on more than 40 years of research on reading comprehension, the Lexile Framework was developed over a 10-year period under the auspices of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The research involved analysis of the work of Chall, Flesh, Bormuth and Rasch, and includes contributions by faculty at the University of Chicago, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The Lexile Framework is licensed through MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and technology firm in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

To learn more about these companies, visit their web sites at www.lexile.com and www.follett.com
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