Reading Counts Information

READING COUNTS INFORMATION

 

Students are welcome to take Reading Counts test over books that are checked out from any school or public library.  They may also test over books they own.

Students MUST have the book with them in order to take a Reading Counts test.  Students will not be allowed to test without the book.

 

Antonia Middle School has almost 50,000 Reading Counts test available for students to take.  This number increases as new tests are made available.  Because of this, it is not feasible to have a notebook or list of tests available.

 

Parents may, however, check to see if a particular book has a Reading Counts test by going to:

http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog    The Scholastic site is available anywhere that has internet access – home, public library, smartphone, etc.  This site provides parents with a great deal of information to help their student choose a book that is appropriate for their reading level and maturity level.

You do NOT need to have a membership or login in order to use the Scholastic site. You may search for a particular book by typing in the book title in the “Quick Find” search box.  You may also search to see how many books are available by a particular author.  The search criteria can easily be changed using the choices in drop down box. Type the title of the book or the author’s name into the search bar and then click “submit”.   You must be careful to type the title/author’s name correctly as any typographical error will result in an invalid search result.  (On occasion you may have to type the information twice when you first get on the site. This will not be necessary after your first search).  If a test is available the site will display all the tests available by the title you entered.  Select the test that matches the title and the author of the book you need information for.  If you double-click on the title the site will provide you with a brief summary and review of the book.  If you scroll down the page you will find additional information including genre, skills covered, content topics and themes, culture, reading level, interest level, LEXILE LEVEL, RC POINTS, SRC (Scholastic Reading Counts) Recommendation-by number of stars, and word count.  Some books may also have a section listed as “Sensitivity Issues”.  This would make parents aware of any topic that may be present in the book that could be objectionable such as violence, suicide, or language.  The site will sometimes list “adult content” as a sensitivity issue.  This term can vary greatly in regard to what it is referencing.    This allows you as a parent to make the determination as to what is or is not appropriate for your child and may provide the opportunity to have a meaningful discussion with your child.

Additionally, you can search book titles by lexile level or range by clicking on the word “Titles” which is to the right of the “submit” button and under “Search Books and Quizzes”.  This will bring up additional search parameters such as interest level and topic.

Please remember…we are updating our quiz collection on a regular basis.  There may be times when a book is listed on the Scholastic site and we do not yet have it available at school.  There may be a delay for newly released book titles to be added to our collection.

Thank you for your support!  It is greatly appreciated.