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Reading Renaissance

       
Reading Renaissance is a program that combines the STAR Test, Accelerated Reading, and individualized instruction. The goals of Reading Renaissance are to improve the students reading ability, help students become independent and self-directed readers, improve critical as well as analytical thinking skills, and finally to help make reading fun and develop a lifelong love of reading.

The STAR Test is a computer-adaptive reading test. It is a norm-referenced assessment that provides an accurate measure of a students reading level. STAR is given to students the beginning of each grading period to discover a students reading level and reading growth over the previous grading period. It is also given at the end of the school year to assess reading growth over the school year.

Once the reading level and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) are discovered through STAR testing, the teacher and student set the point goal for the grading period. This goal is based on the tested reading level, the number of points per week a student reading at a certain level should be able to earn while reading in their ZPD, and the number of weeks in the current grading period.
After the reading goal is set and agreed upon, the student self-selects an A.R. book they want to read. After the student has read the book, they take a computerized multiple-choice quiz about the book. Based on the length and difficulty of the book and how well the student performed on the test, the computer awards points towards their reading goal for that particular reading period.

During the grading period,
TWI (To, With, and Independently) will be implemented to assist students in meeting their A.R. goal. TWI is the heart of Reading Renaissance. Parents and teachers can read a book TO students, WITH students and students are to read INDEPENDENTLY.

If you would like to learn more about Reading Renaissance, Accelerated Reading, and STAR Test, visit the
Advantage Learning Systems site. If I can be of further help, please e-mail me with your questions.

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