It's very important to provide reading practice that is challenging, but not frustrating.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
Total Reader™, an online reading assessment program that is specifically designed to encourage reading progress throughout a student's education, has updated its web site and user interface to improve the user experience.
When students access the program's computer adaptive Lexile assessment, they choose age-appropriate passages targeted to their current reading level. As they complete each passage, they see their new Lexile measure. The attractive new student home page puts a stronger focus on tracking their progress over time to meet goals for progress. They can also change the type size of any reading passage with one click.
Visitors to the site will find more information about Total Reader's science-based approach to reading growth. The Lexile Scale®, a research-based measure widely used by standard tests and publishers, is used to assess reading progress. The scale ranges from 200L for beginning readers to 1700L for advanced readers.
Several metrics are available to help set reading goals. Student progress can be compared to independent research showing typical reading growth for each school year. Or their progress can be compared to Common Core stretch standards.
The new website also provides information about Lexile levels needed to prepare for major tests such as the ACT and SAT, college textbook levels and Lexile measures needed for the workplace.
Educators and parents can easily work with students to set individual goals. With the completion of each passage, students get instant feedback on their Lexile measure. Seeing that number increase is a strong motivator. Students enjoy reading the short passages because they can choose from many fiction and non-fiction topics.
In addition to online Lexile assessment, Total Reader provides recommendations for books. Students are linked to a site where they can find books on their favorite topics, at the best Lexile range to improve reading skills.
"It's very important to provide reading practice that is challenging, but not frustrating," explains Peter Sibley, CEO of EDmin. "Teachers, parents and tutors can now help students select supplemental reading that will provide both enjoyment and advancement of reading skills."
Total Reader is available through individual subscriptions as well as to schools and districts. For more information, please visit http://www.totalreader.com.
About Total Reader and EDmin
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.
About Lexile Measures
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.