Stephen Krashen CSLA (California School Library Association) Journal 24(2): 25-26, 2001
“The Lexile Framework attempts to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. It is a readability formula that “stands firmly in the tradition of classic readability formulas” (Stenner, 1996, p. 23) that assigns reading levels to texts based on word frequency and sentence length. The Lexile Framework is intended to help teachers and librarians recommend supplementary reading that is at the right reading level.
None of this is necessary, and it is probably harmful. There is a much easier way for readers to select texts: Are they comprehensible and interesting? It doesn’t take long for a reader to determine this: All it takes is sampling a little of the text (reading it).”