Alef Education collaborates with MetaMetrics

Alef Education, a UAE-based global leader in education technology, announces a strategic collaboration with MetaMetrics®, the US-based developer of the Lexile® Framework for Reading, to launch an Arabic reading scale to improve the literacy skills of approximately 100 million K-12 Arabic speakers across the Middle East and North Africa. The unique scale is set to become the de facto standard for Modern Standard Arabic, just as the Lexile® Framework for Reading is now the standard for English, as ministries of education in the MENA region strive to preserve and promote Arabic language and culture.

This innovative collaboration aims to provide native Arabic speakers with a powerful tool to improve their literacy in Arabic, promoting a more effective and personalized approach to improving literacy in the region. By leveraging the expertise of Alef Education and the MetaMetrics® Lexile® Framework for Reading, the initiative aims to provide students across the MENA region with the foundational skills they need for academic success and lifelong learning.

Benefits of an Arabic reading scale include the ability for governments to identify and measure students’ reading levels and progress over time, regardless of the reading materials used, by comparing geographic regions, school districts, and individual schools using the same scale. In addition, publishers, EdTech companies, and authors of Arabic language content will be able to link their reading materials and assessments to the unified scale to meet learners’ needs for reading materials. It will be easier for teachers to measure their students’ levels and create data-driven plans for their individual development. At the same time, parents will understand their children’s reading levels so that they can further develop and improve their reading skills.

Recent data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that six Arab countries scored an average of 406 points in their PISA exams, while the international OECD average is 480. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows that eight Arab countries scored an average of 432 points in elementary school and 441 points in secondary school, while the global average is 500. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows that seven Arab countries scored an average of 441, while the worldwide average is 500,underscoring the urgency to address the literacy crisis among today’s learners. The need for action requires a reimagined solution: an Arabic reading scale powered by the Lexile scale, which will serve as the foundation for a unified ecosystem of assessments and instructional resources.

Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education, said: “We are delighted to be working with MetaMetrics® to develop an Arabic reading scale that will help increase the literacy rate of learners in the MENA region. We are committed to a long-term strategic alliance to develop and deliver educational products using an Arabic reading framework. The development of an Arabic reading scale with a universal framework to measure the level of students and Arabic texts will support student growth in Arabic language learning through actionable learning measurements. Arabic language learning is at the center of our work and is a key factor in educational success in the region. We are committed to fostering a lifelong love of Arabic and improving literacy skills in the region. The partnership represents a shared vision to positively impact literacy and contribute to educational progress in the MENA region.”

Alistair Van Moere, President of MetaMetrics®, said: “We are excited to partner with Alef Education to introduce an Arabic reading scale built upon the Lexile® Framework for Reading in the region to improve the literacy rate of learners. We aim to promote equity and excellence in education and accelerate learning for all students by providing innovative reading and assessment scales to improve teaching and learning standards. We look forward to working with Alef Education to make a lasting impact on the educational landscape and advance literacy in the region.”

An Arabic reading scale provides a universal unit of measurement for the Arabic language. It measures the level of any text and the Arabic reading ability of a student. The scale is scientifically based and will be developed by a team of psychometricians, researchers, and educators who have extensive experience developing similar scales and understand the unique context of the Arab world, including its various dialects and cultural nuances. A field study is being conducted across the Arab world in consultation with governments in the region.

Alef Education and MetaMetrics® are dedicated to fostering a new era of literacy in the MENA region by developing and implementing an Arabic reading scale. This transformative initiative has the potential to redefine educational standards and equip a generation of learners with the necessary tools for success.

About Alef Education

Alef Education is a global leader in education technology at the forefront of using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to create personalized learning experiences that transform the way the world is educated.

Alef Education and its products, the Alef Platform, Alef Pathways, Abjadiyat, and Arabits, have a growing presence in key education markets worldwide, including the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Indonesia, and Morocco. The award-winning Alef Platform provides AI-powered learning and teaching solutions that use real-time data to drive improvements across the education system. Abjadiyat is an Arabic language learning platform that provides engaging and interactive content from kindergarten to 4th grade. Arabits is a complete Arabic learning system for non-native speakers that helps students of all ages learn, practice, and improve their Arabic language skills using AI.

Alef Education supports over 14,000 schools, and over 1 million students use the Alef Platform.

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About MetaMetrics®

MetaMetrics Brings Meaning to Measurement

MetaMetrics is guided by a powerful north star—to support student growth through actionable learning measurement. Over the last 35+ years, MetaMetrics’ staff of educators, psychometricians, policy leaders and AI experts have developed reading and mathematics frameworks that now support over 35 million students across the globe. Over a hundred million pieces of content have corresponding measures to help educators and families find appropriate learning materials. MetaMetrics’ work supports English language learners around the world through collaborations with education leaders such as British Council and New Oriental Education. They also support literacy growth in students’ native languages through the development of language-based reading frameworks such as Spanish and Arabic, with more on the way. MetaMetrics was founded in 1984 by Dr. A. Jackson Stenner (retired) and Dr. Malbert Smith with the singular goal of making measurement meaningful by matching students to learning resources using a scientific, universal scale. Today, leveraging the most advanced AI technology and learning theory, MetaMetrics continues to innovate solutions for a wide range of applications including early reading, automated scoring of writing, career readiness and tutoring. For more information, visit