What is Scholastic Reading Counts! ?
Reading Counts is a highly motivating reading activity which engages students to read, then respond to a comprehension quiz using a computer. Students can select from a wide variety of books and read independently or as part of a group. After reading, students individually take a computerized quiz that will assess how well they understood the book. When students pass a quiz, they are awarded points based on the number of correct answers and the difficulty of the text. For specific information on the Reading Counts! program you can go to this site: http://www.scholastic.com/readingcounts/
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
For Students, It's As Easy As......
1. Students select books from a database of titles from a wide variety of publishers.
2. Students read the books at their own pace.
3. Students take short quizzes on the computer in the classroom or computer lab to verify comprehension.
Why Reading Counts works.....
1. Kids read what they like. Students choose from age- and level-appropriate books — literature that appeals to their interests.
2. Readers get instant feedback. Personalized quiz results and progress reports let teachers & students track their achievement.
3. Lively congratulation screens let students see their names up in lights.
4. Students can earn points based on the length and complexity of each book they read, helping to establish concrete goals. Points and scores are used as motivational tools at school.
5. Kids' opinions count! Students rate the books they have read, and teachers can print reports of class or school favorites.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO SCHOLASTIC'S READING COUNTS WEB PAGE
What is a Lexile?
A Lexile is a number! It is a number given to a book or a reader. The Lexile Framework is a reading measure that matches students to text. It is unique because is uses a common metric - a Lexile measure - to assess both the level of the reader and the level of the text. By placing both the reader and text on the same absolute scale, there is a more accurate match between the two.
A reader is given a lexile number based on the Reading Inventory. With this information, parents and teachers can guide the student to valuable reading experiences at the student's appropriate level.
The Lexile and Lexile Framework were created by MetaMetrics, Inc. and is based on more than ten years of research and testing. The goal of this work was to provide students, teachers, parents, librarians, and other educators with a valid and reliable tool to measure reading performance and readability.
How are the book points determined?
Each book is given a point value based on the text difficulty. The length of sentences, the complexity of the structure of the text, the difficulty of the vocabulary, the length of the book and the number of words are all considered. This is also how a lexile number is assigned to a book. The books that most elementary age students read range from a 100 to a 1000 lexile range. See below for more information on lexiles.
How do the teachers use the information?
With help from the Scholastic Reading Counts! teacher management system, teachers can keep track of student reading and how well they perform on tests. Many reports are available that help teachers to diagnose trouble areas for readers to provide more direct instruction within the classroom. Teachers can also assist students in selecting books most appropriate for their reading level.
There is flexibility to adjust passing levels, length of quizzes, how often students retake quizzes and more! This allows each teacher to adjust the program to meet the needs of individual students. Even beginning readers will be able to take a Reading Counts quiz with the guidance of the teacher.
How can I help as a parent?
Talk with your child about what they're reading. Read aloud after dinner. Talk about books you're reading for work or enjoyment. Make reading a fun part of your daily life!
Help your child by setting reading goals. You can consider number of books, point levels, types of books (called genre) or number of minutes spent reading. Any goals for spending more time reading are good goals!! Remember, reading achievement is positively related to the amount of time students spend independently reading. And don't forget to visit your local libraries!
Remind me! Why is it that reading counts?
We want students to love reading because it…
- Exposes you to more ideas (cultures, issues, ways to solve problems, people, events…)
- Exposes you to more styles of expression and the books that people consider to be "great works"
- Makes you a better writer
- Provides you INSPIRATION
- Helps you analyze complex issues
- Improves your vocabulary
- Helps you to spell better and learn other languages
- Makes you more INFORMATION LITERATE
- Enhances your appreciation for creativity and literature
- Develops comprehension abilities that will lead to better achievement and performance in schoolwork