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Thomson Gale Applies Lexiles to Databases

Posted Oct 19, 2006
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Thomson Gale has announced the addition of Lexile measures to its periodical content. As the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of student progress and ensuring reading comprehension.

Thomson Gale databases that currently have Lexile measures include Student Resource Center and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Student Resource Center offers access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards, including a premium selection of original reference, overviews, critical essays, a massive archive of primary source documents, and periodicals and full text from newspapers that are updated daily.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center draws on the social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Thomson Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources, to form an online library of current event topics - the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors.

Thomson Gale is planning to provide Lexiles for other databases as well, such as InfoTrac and Thomson Gale PowerSearch, with the expectation that more than 9 million articles will be scored by early 2007.

Lexiles are part of reading and testing programs at the district, state, and federal levels. More than 20 million students received a Lexile measure during the 2005-2006 school year. For more information on Lexile measures, visit

Source: Thomson Gale,

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