English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Measuring Text Complexity: Three Factors

text complexity

Qualitative evaluation of the text

Levels of meaning, structure, language conventionality and clarity, and knowledge demands

Quantitative evaluation of the text

Readability measures and other scores of text complexity

Matching reader to text and task

Reader variables (such as motivation, knowledge, and experiences) and task variables (such as purpose and the complexity generated by the task assigned and the questions posed)


More detailed information on text complexity and how it is measured is contained in Appendix A.