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 (Student Reading Inventory) 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 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.
When students accumulate enough points to reach their first benchmark goal, the computer will tell the student he/she has earned an award. The student can print the award to prove to the teacher they have earned a prize. At that time the student receives his/her first of 3 dogtags. A second dogtag is given when the second benchmark is reached. And when the year end goal is reached a third dogtag is received. Some students reach their end goal before the end of the school year. Some teachers give special prizes to students who double or triple their end goal!
Students wear their dogtags at Sinnott with pride! Many students have participated in this program for several years and have accumulated 3 dogtags per each year they’ve participated in the program!
Many parents want to know the lexile of a particular book. Unfortunately, lexile levels are not printed on most books. At Sinnott we identify lexile levels by placing bright colored stickers on the spine to help the student choose which book is best for them. You may request your child’s teacher to print a list of books that is just right for your child to read at home. Your child can then take a quiz on these books at school to earn more points towards their goal.