Reading Counts

Reading Counts


Joseph Weller Elementary School Reading Incentive Program 2012-13

Reading Counts: Mighty Mustang Master Challenge

As students read and take reading counts quizzes, they accumulate points.  The points they collect will move them steadily toward their quest of becoming a Mighty Mustang Master. When students achieve these various levels, they will be rewarded at our award ceremonies throughout the year. 

PAGE.....................................25 points
APPRENTICE...........................50 points
SQUIRE..................................100 points
NOBLE..................................250 points
LORD ....................................500 points
KNIGHT..................................750 points
MIGHTY MUSTANG MASTER.....................1000 points

What is the Scholastic Reading Counts Program?

Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC) is a “flexible, literature-based reading motivation and management program designed to get students to read, and to help teachers manage and monitor their students’ independent reading.”  Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a computer-adaptive reading comprehension test that assesses students’ reading levels.  It is designed to be administered by a specified teacher.  The SRI has a test item bank of over 3000 questions and is based exclusively on passages from authentic children’s literature, both fiction and non-fiction.  Results are reported in both criterion referenced and norm-referenced terms, indicating student’s reading ability and how their tests results compare to those of other students.  Upon completion, students receive Lexile measures (reading levels), which are used to find the range of texts with which they are most likely to succeed.  These tests are typically given 3 or more times each year.  Students are strongly urged to read books for which Scholastic has a quiz.  That way when they pass a quiz, they will receive Reading Counts Points.  These points will help students earn reading incentives.

What is a LEXILE™?

The Lexile Framework for Reading is an educational tool that links text and readers.  The Lexile Framework for Reading characterizes a reader with a measure (a Lexile) and characterizes text with a measure (also a Lexile), allowing educators to forecast the level of comprehension a reader will experience with a particular text.

For Students: The Lexile Framework for Reading is geared toward the needs of the readers at all levels.  Selecting books targeted to students’ current skill levels reduces the risk of frustrating readers and turning them off to reading.

For Educators: The Lexile Framework provides teachers with an effective tool for evaluating and monitoring students’ reading achievements.  The Framework provides a map of materials that is targeted to each reader’s specific skill level.

For Parents: With the Lexile Framework for Reading, parents can join students and teachers as active participants in the reading development process. They can be aware of the student’s current abilities and what is appropriate for them to be reading at that level. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q -How can I encourage my child to read?
A –Set up a reading area so that your child can read for 15-30 minutes each day.  Ask your child questions about what they have read?  You can always use the question starters of who, what, when, where, and why?

Q -How can I find books that are on the right level for my child?
A -Contact your child’s classroom teacher or school librarian.  He or she can direct you to a list of books that are appropriate for your child’s reading level.

Q -Will my child’s reading Lexile change during the year?
A -The SRI will be given several times each year to determine the reading level of each student. As these Lexiles change, so will the books they read.

Q -When can my child take quizzes?
A –Weller has a school-wide reading counts time built into the English-language arts classroom.  Quizzes can be taken there. 

Reading Incentives

To promote reading, students will receive rewards for earning a certain amount of points, and their name will appear on the Reading Counts Wall of Fame.  Incentives will be distributed near progress and report cards.

25 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame

¨  Reading pencil

50 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame

¨  Breakfast donut

100 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame

¨  Ice cream sundae

250 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame

¨  Hamburger/Cheeseburger from In-N-Out

500 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame Award Certificate

¨  Nachos with the principal, assistant principal, and a friend

750 points

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame Award Certificate

¨  Movie ticket

1000 points

¨  Reading Counts Plaque

¨  Name on Reading Counts Wall of Fame

¨  Dave and Buster’s Dinner with Weller Principal, Assistant Principal, and one family member

What’s It All About?

The Reading Counts program is designed to ensure reading success for all students. (Not to mentions it’s also a really cool reading incentive program!) The program uses two systems to measure and help improve individual reading. These two systems are called SRI and RC (Reading Counts). SRI is a computer generated quiz that helps determine a student’s reading level. The SRI score is then used to determine what books are best for each student to read. In Reading Counts students read books at their appropriate level. Everytime they pass the reading quizzes they gain points towards their goal.

So, How Does It Work?

To begin with students take the SRI quiz three times at the beginning of the year to measure their appropriate reading level (lexile). Once lexile levels are assessed, teachers can set student goals individually in Reading Counts. The goals are the number of points each student should earn by the end of the year (or sooner). Each child’s end goal is divided by 3 to determine benchmark steps to earn along the way. After this, students begin reading books at their appropriate level. Students choose books that are within 100 lexile points above or below their individual score. When the student is finished reading he/she takes an RC (Reading Counts) quiz on that book. The software tracks the student’s score on the book, how many points the student earned if he/she passed the quiz, and totals the points earned to reach his/her goal.