The Benefits and Limitations of Readability Scores: A Closer Look at Their Use in Education

The use of readability scores, such as the Dale-Chall readability score and the Flesch score, has been fairly widespread in schools across the world as a way of evaluating the difficulty of texts and determining the appropriate level of difficulty for different age groups and reading abilities. These scores are often used to evaluate materials such as textbooks, children’s books, and instructional materials, as well as to assess the effectiveness of different teaching methods and materials.