Reading Counts FAQ.

Can I access a list of available quizzes?

We now have access to all of the quizzes that are available through the Reading Counts program. To access the website, [ CLICK HERE ]. Use the “Quick find” search box by typing in a title or author then clicking on submit. Or click on the “Books and Quizzes” button on the bottom left corner of the page to create lists by reading level or subject.

What rewards can students qualify for?

Students who earn any reading Counts points may spend them during the last week of each month at the Reading Counts Store in the Media Center. Points may be accumulated from month to month for bigger prizes.

Ribbons will be awarded at the following levels:

· Blue – 25-49 points
· Red – 50-99 points
· Bronze – 100-249 points
· Silver – 250-499 points
· Gold – 500+ points

Students who earn 500 points will also have their name engraved on a special plaque that hangs in the Media Center.

Trophies will be awarded to students in grades 2-8 who earn the following points:

· 2nd grade – 80 points
· 3rd grade – 95 points
· 4th grade – 110 points
· 5th grade – 125 points
· 6-8th grade – 135 points

* The class with the most points at the end of the year earns an ice cream party. The teacher gets a trophy to keep in her classroom.

What is BCA’s goal with the Reading Counts program?

BCA’s goal is to develop a love of reading in our students, and to introduce them to books that they might not otherwise read. We included many classic, biographical, historical fiction, and award winning books on this program. This program is also designed to improve reading comprehension skills, since the students have to answer questions about each book they read in order to earn points.

How is the program funded?

The Reading Counts program is funded by BCA’s Parent Teacher Fellowship Organization (PTF), the Book Fair, and by BCA. The PTF gives funding to the program for prizes for the Reading Counts Store, for special awards to classes throughout the year, and for the year-end ribbons and trophies. Books and quizzes for the program are purchased by proceeds from the annual Book Fair, and through use of some of the media center’s annual budget.

Is participation in the program mandatory?

No. It is a completely voluntary program. Most teachers encourage their students to participate in the program with rewards above and beyond the rewards they receive through the program.

How do students know which books to read?

The books in our school media center that are on the program will have special labels to let the students know that they are on the Reading Counts program. These labels also tell them the Lexile level, and how many points they will earn by reading the book.

How many tests can a student take each week?

Students may take as many tests as they are motivated to take. They may check out two reading counts books from the media center at a time. Also, they may read additional books on the program from the local library, bookstore, or home library.

What opportunities do the students have to take tests?

All classes in grades 1-5 have a student computer in their classroom. Upper School students have access to the program on the laptops. All students have the opportunity to take tests from 7:35 – 7:55 every Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri. morning in the computer lab.  Students also have the opportunity to take quizzes during their weekly media center class.

Are there any opportunities for parents to get involved with the program?

Yes! Volunteers are needed to:

  • Label books with special identifying labels.
  • Work at the Reading Counts Store in the Media Center during “Store” week.
  • Enter points that students have spent into the computer.

Please contact Sandra Hackett to volunteer for Reading Counts.

What is the “Lexile Level”?

Scholastic’s Reading Inventory (SRI) program is used in conjunction with the Reading Counts program at BCA. Students in grades 2 through 4 are tested at the beginning of the school year and periodically thereafter to determine their Lexile Level.

The SRI is a computerized test.  Students log onto the computer, then read short passages of text taken out of actual books. The student then answers questions about the passage.  The questions become progressively harder with each correct answer. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the next question will be easier.

Once the student completes the test, a Lexile Level is determined for the student.