Total Reader Creates Custom Vocabulary Lists

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In response to teacher requests, Total Reader now provides a customizable vocabulary list that is ideal for capturing the “teachable moment” when a new word is encountered.

Total Reader vocabulary lists can be used for skill development individually or in small groups.

In response to teacher requests, Total Reader now provides a customizable vocabulary list that is ideal for capturing the “teachable moment” when a new word is encountered.

The vocabulary list is the latest enhancement of Total Reader, an online program which measures reading comprehension by having students fill in missing words or “cloze” items. As students fill in the blanks, any word they miss is now added to their personal vocabulary list, as well as any cloze response they flag themselves.

Teachers requested the addition of the automatically-generated vocabulary list so they could review missed words with students.

"The vocabulary list gives students a way to make sense of what they are reading," explains Peter Sibley, CEO of EDmin, the parent company for Total Reader. "The vocabulary lists can be used for skill development individually or in small groups.”

Total Reader’s online reading assessment program is aligned to U.S. Department of Education intervention recommendations. Through initial screening and ongoing monitoring, Total Reader provides timely feedback to inform reading instruction. Progress is measured on the Lexile Scale, a scientifically-proven assessment method.

Students receive an updated Lexile measure each time they complete a passage. They are motivated by watching their reading levels increase in “real time.” They are reading passages at a level that is challenging, but not frustrating, about topics they choose. They can access the program online at any time for independent reading practice.

Total Reader also makes it easy for students to choose books that interest them, at the Lexile level that is most appropriate for advancing reading growth.

Schools and districts can try the full program at no cost for 45 days. Students are automatically placed into reading groups for those that need intervention, are proficient or are advanced, depending on where their current Lexile measure falls on the "stretch" Lexile bands defined by Common Core.

Individual subscriptions are also available for Total Readers’ computer adaptive Lexile assessment. For more information please visit http://www.totalreader.com.

The parent company of Total Reader is EDmin, based in San Diego. EDmin delivers effective learning solutions to the K-12 marketplace. For 23 years, EDmin has served more than 5 million users in all 50 states and the international market. For more information, please visit http://www.edmin.com.

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