Linking Research With Practice: A Local Assessment Toolkit to Guide School Leaders
This tool helps teachers evaluate text complexity for literary and informational text, aiding teachers in their lesson and unit planning. In this brief resource, Karin Hess first describes the eight factors that affect text complexity. The resource includes the Hess Text Complexity Tools, which are rubrics with descriptors of increasing complexity that allows teachers to qualitatively analyze informational and literary texts. The text complexity rubrics were developed and refined for classroom use by middle and high school classroom teachers in New York City. This resource also includes a lesson-planning worksheet, an example of an informational text that has been annotated for text features, and a completed text-complexity rubric for informational text. This resource is based on “Tools for Examining Text Complexity (Hess & Hervey, 2010) in Linking Research with Practice (Hess, 2013).