Reading Counts! Program Smithville High School The Smithville R-II school district is committed to preparing our students for postsecondary success. Whether our students attend college or move directly into the work force, the ability to comprehend complex text is a critical skill. Research has shown that independent reading is a vital component to increasing reading level, comprehension, vocabulary, and general background knowledge. In addition, students who read independently consistently outperform their peers on standardized achievement tests in all subject areas (Cullinan, 2000). Reading Counts is a program used by Smithville schools to help promote rigorous independent reading to our students. Reading Counts! S.H.S. Purpose Statement Cullinan, B.E. (2000). Independent reading and school achievement. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/slmrcontents/vo lume32000/independent.cfm • • • • • • Communication Arts I 12 pts. Communication Arts II 14 pts. Communication Arts I (Honors) 14 pts. Communication Arts II (Honors) 16 pts. Communication Arts III: American Literature 16 pts. Pre-AP English and AP English Literature have their own unique text requirements. Check with the instructor. Quarterly Point Requirements First Quarter September 19 Second Quarter November 14 Third Quarter January 30 Fourth Quarter April 10 Reading Counts! due dates are firm and do not fall under the one free pass for late work. 2014-2015 Deadlines As your Reading Counts! teacher, I commit to do the following to help you in this journey: I will set deadlines for book selection to ensure that you are able to meet Reading Counts due dates. I will help you select books that meet the Reading Counts requirements. I will conference with you upon request if you have trouble passing quizzes to help prepare you for your next attempt. I will offer additional accommodations if you have not been able to pass a quiz for a book you have read. Teacher Responsibilities As a Reading Counts! student, you must commit to the following: I will select an appropriate book. I will read the book selected by the due date. I will take my quizzes by the due date. I will ask my teacher for help if I have difficulty passing a quiz. Student Responsibilities Support for Struggling/Reluctant Readers: Teachers and librarians provide suggestions for RC book: By the end of the school year, all students rate and make comments on books they have read through a program linked to the electronic card catalogue. Through the program created by Mr. Heslinga, student identifies date by which he/she would like to be done with the book; goals are set for reading with teacher and / or tutor’s help if needed. Teachers checks in with student to see how he/she is progressing toward goal Students who fail RC and do not qualify for the alternative assessment described below will join RC groups established by Mr. Heslinga. Alternative Assessment: Students who take 3 tries on a single book but are not successful in earning an 8 out of 10 on the Reading Counts test are given a credit recovery assignment worth 50% of the points for the exam. It is due a week later. If a student scores a 6 or a 7 with 2 tries, the teacher will print out a hard copy of the third exam for the students to take as their third try. Students are encouraged to tell their teachers when this occurs. The library will print off bi-weekly reports as to student progress up to two weeks before the due dates with it will become weekly. Teachers will try to catch which students need to take advantage of this hard copy third try. Students who earn a 6/7 on all three tries will be given a percentage based on their score between 60-70%. If the student wishes to receive a higher score, then if time permits they are encouraged to read another book and re-take the test.