Keeping students on track with reading is a very important part of getting them ready for college or a career.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2011
Students who use Total Reader's online reading assessment tool show double the expected reading gains in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades, according to data from 10,000 students. Students in grades three through college all show significant gains.
Total Reader™, which provides independent online reading practice, is targeted to an individual's reading level using computer adaptive testing. Total Reader measures reading level on the Lexile® scale, which ranges from 200L for beginning readers to 1700L for advanced readers. The average Total Reader user experienced a Lexile gain of 107L. These results were achieved after the average user practiced reading at the correct level for approximately 50 minutes a month for just over a calendar year.
Independent research conducted by MetaMetrics shows that the expected average yearly Lexile gain is 88L for users between the third through seventh grades. Based on data collected by Total Reader, the average Lexile gain achieved by Total Reader users in this grade range was 166L, which is 78L higher than the expected gain.
"Total Reader provides a personalized approach to keeping students on track with their reading progress from third grade through early college," explains Peter Sibley, CEO of EDmin. "The data shows that targeted reading practice works to help students focus on reading comprehension. Keeping students on track with reading is a very important part of getting them ready for college or a career."
Total Reader scoring is based on research by MetaMetrics, the company that created the Lexile® Framework for Reading. Lexile measures are a scientifically-based way to measure reading progress over time. Lexile level is measured during short practice sessions. Students choose from more than 4,000 fiction and nonfiction passages that each take approximately 10 minutes to read.
Throughout each passage, students "fill in the blanks" for missing words. Students say they are motivated by the program because each time they complete a passage, they instantly see their score.
Teachers can immediately access reports showing reading growth and align it to their choice of three different reading standards, including the Common Core Lexile standards.
A free trial of Total Reader is available by calling 1-877-705-1084 or emailing Scott Sibley.
The parent company of Total Reader is EDmin, based in San Diego. The company's focus is Connecting Educators with What Works. The company has been working with schools and districts for 20 years and serves nearly 4 million users in all 50 states and the international market. EDmin is best known for the INFORM® Learning System, an enterprise-level platform that integrates assessment, reporting, resource and community capabilities with an academic data warehouse. For more information, please visit edmin.com.
MetaMetrics®, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of academic achievement that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning. The organization’s renowned psychometric team created The Lexile® Framework for Reading.