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Reading Counts

www.scholastic.com

 

 

Evidence of Effectiveness:

 

"Just plain reading" is a common activity among good readers and goes hand-in-hand with reading achievement. High levels of reading achievement are associated with large amounts of voluntary reading and this positive relationship has been demonstrated on standardized tests (Pearson and Fielding, 1991; Anderson, Wilson and Fielding, 1988).

 

Findings from the Nation's Report Card on Reading also consistently demonstrate the correlation between the amount of reading accomplished and reading proficiency. The more students read in school-related situations and as a leisure activity, the better they read (Campbell, Donahue, Reese and Phillips, 1996).

 

The reading motivation and management system that serves as the basis for Reading Counts, has been in use throughout the country for over a decade. The following outcomes in case studies prepared by schools are attributed to The Electronic Bookshelf (EBS), the predecessor to Reading Counts:

 

         Reading scores improved on standardized and criterion-referenced tests.

         Circulation of books in classrooms and libraries increased.

         Time spent on reading tasks increased.

         Students demonstrated a more positive attitude about reading.

         Student achievement improved in other subject areas.

         EBS students outperformed others in achievement tests.

 

Andrew Jackson Middle School, Kershaw, SC

 

Comparative Basic Skills Assessment Program scores of middle school students show that those who used EBS performed better than those who did not use EBS. The following displays the performance of the same group of students during a three-year period. Every year, EBS users scored on average 10% higher than their non-EBS counterparts.

 

 

 

YEAR

NON-EBS STUDENTS

EBS STUDENTS

 

1990

 

74

 

86

 

1991

 

76

 

87

 

1992

 

81

 

88

 

Chelmsford, MA

 

During four school years, the Metropolitan Achievement Test was administered in the fall and in the spring to different groups of fifth graders. As can be seen from the chart below, percentile scoring increased for each group using EBS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Circulation

 

Library circulation is also an important indicator of the success of the program. In 1992, circulation at the library at St. Hubert's Catholic School was measured at 9.9%. After EBS was introduced in 1993, circulation increased dramatically, reaching 146% during the 1996-97 school year.

 

Program Description:

 

Scholastic's Reading Counts is a reading motivation and management program that helps educators encourage and monitor independent and curriculum-connected reading. The computerized program contains quizzes, reports, and Book Expert, a literature database that allows teachers, librarians, and administrators to search for book titles that meet specific criteria. Reading Counts also uses the Lexile Framework as an optional means of matching students to appropriate-level texts.

 

NOTE: The Lexile Framework estimates the reading level (Lexile text measure) of any written material as well as students' reading comprehension levels (Lexile reader measure). When the Lexile measures of the text and reader are matched, the reader is more likely to experience success in reading.

 

The Reading Counts program follows three core steps:

 

1.       Students select books from a database of more than 15,000 titles from a wide variety of publishers.

 

2.       Students read the books at their own pace.

 

3.       Students take short quizzes on the computer to verify comprehension of each book they read.

 

 

 

The Student

 

The Reading Counts program keeps track of every student's reading throughout the year. Student progress can be marked by points or the number of books read. A variety of incentives are available to reward student achievement.

 

The Educator

 

Teachers, librarians, and administrators may access student records to make recommendations or intervene when necessary. Auto-Alerts automatically notify educators if students are exceeding or performing below expectations.

 

Aspects of Reading

 

This program addresses the following aspects of reading:

 

         Phonemic Awareness

         Phonics

         Fluency

         Vocabulary

         Comprehension

         Motivation

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Correlation to Nevada State Standards

 

Currently being completed.

 

Teacher Support:

 

Staff Development

 

On-Site Staff Development: Fee-based training to be arranged between Scholastic and the participating school.

 

Technical Support

 

All Reading Counts customers receive free telephone technical support for one year.

 


Equipment Requirements:

 

Stand-Alone System

Windows 95 or later Macintosh

66 MHz 486 or faster processor OS7.1 or later

75MB available hard drive space 68040 processor or faster

16 MB of RAM 75MB available hard drive space

Monitor at least 640 x 480 that can 8 MB of RAM (free)

 

Network Installation

P166 or better (Windows) or Power PC 120MHz or better (Macintosh)

64 MB RAM

85 MB of available Hard drive space

File-sharing software

Ethernet or token-ring networking

10 base-T Ethernet Card (recommended)

 

Costs:

 

Starter Pack - $369

 

         Program Software - unlimited school-wide license

         1 Year Technical Support

         7 Quiz Collections (210 quizzes)

 

Value Pack - $1,399

 

         Program Software - unlimited school-wide license

         1 Year Technical Support

         34 Quiz Collections (1,020 quizzes)

 

Super Pack - $2,699

 

         Program Software - unlimited school-wide license

         Scholastic Reading Inventory Interactive - license for 200 students

         1 Year Technical Support

         34 Quiz Collections (1,020 quizzes)

 

Additional Quizzes

 

         30 Pre-selected quizzes may be purchased for $39.95

         Individual quizzes may be purchased for $2.50 each (minimum order of 10 quizzes)

 

Books

 

Books from more than 300 publishers are available.

 

         Receive 30% off all Scholastic titles

         Receive 30% of list price on all rebound books when you order 30 or more

 

NOTE: If you are currently using the Accelerated Reader program and wish to replace it with Reading Counts, Scholastic will replace the program and quizzes free of charge.

 

 

 

 

 

For Information Contact:

 

Northern Nevada Southern Nevada

Gary Taylor, Sales Representative Diane Feldman-Schoen or Jilliane Griffith

Scholastic, Inc. 10224-1 N. 12th Place 6364 Kell Lane

School Group Phoenix, AZ 85020 Las Vegas, NV 89156

811 E. Shady Lake Drive Phone: (602) 944-0223 Phone: (702) 459-5402

Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Phone: (801) 463-4937

(800) 724-6527

 

Current Location in Nevada:

 

Clark County School District

Fitzgerald Elementary

2651 N. Revere Street

N. Las Vegas, NV 89030

Contact: Yvonne Walker

Phone: (702) 799-0600

 

Lyon County School District

Sutro Elementary

190 Dayton Village Parkway

Dayton, NV 89403

Contact: Cheryl Sample

Phone: (775) 246-6270

 

Washoe County School District

Anderson Elementary Booth Elementary Lincoln Park Elementary

1055 Berrum Lane 1450 Stewart Street 201 Lincoln Way

Reno, NV 89509 Reno, NV 89502 Sparks, NV 89431

Contact: Nancy Ward Contact: Patricia Bernard Contact: Teri Vaughan

Phone: (775) 689-2500 Phone: (775) 333-5140Phone: (775) 353-5570

 

Veterans Memorial Elementary

1200 Locust Street

Reno, NV 89502

Contact: Lynn Rauh

Phone: (775) 333-5090