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PINPOINT STUDENT NEEDS & MEASURE PROGRESS

The research-based Comprehensive Assessment of Reading Strategies (CARS® PLUS) Series helps you quickly identify which of the 12 standards-based reading comprehension strategies your students might be struggling to understand. Informed by this data, you can then provide students with targeted instruction depending on each student’s individual needs by using STARS® PLUS.

 

Why CARS & STARS®?

About the Comprehensive Program of Assessment

The program is divided into two parts: CARS Plus (the assessment portion) and STARS Plus (the instruction portion). Each CARS and STARS Plus level (P–H) consists of both a Student Book and a Teacher Guide.

The two were designed to be used together. The Placement Book places students in the correct level. The Pretests in CARS Plus help teachers to diagnose problem areas with their students. STARS Plus assists teachers to teach those strategies found lacking. Benchmarking tests and Post Tests in CARS Plus are used to assess how goals are progressing and then to determine if goals have been achieved.

 

CARS & STARS Plus correlates to the Australian National Curriculum!

Click here for Strategies and Correlations to the Australian National Curriculum

CARS & STARS Plus is designed for students to stay on the same level for the entire year (until retesting the next year) and so throughout the year STARS instruction can be supplemented by EXTENSIONS in Reading (for students looking to further extend their knowledge) and FOCUS on Reading (for students needing extra practice on a specific strategy).

View the research on CARS & STARS Plus

Core Reading Strategies

CARS & STARS Plus assessments test student comprehension of the following 12 reading strategies: CARS & STARS Plus assessments test student comprehension of the following 12 reading strategies.

The strategies are based on comprehension ability and so levels P and AA focus on only six of the twelve (including pre-reading and listening skills, these are visual and teacher-guided), level A focuses on eight, and levels B-H focus on all twelve strategies. The names of the strategies change slightly in pre-reading levels to compensate for comprehension abilities.

Book
P

Pre-reading

  • Finding the Big Idea
  • Finding Details
  • Putting Things in Order
  • Making a Guess
  • Figuring Things Out
  • Understanding What Happens and Why
Book
AA

Pre-reading

  • Finding the Main Idea
  • Finding Details
  • Putting Ideas in Order
  • Making a Guess
  • Figuring Things Out
  • Understanding What Happens and Why
Book
A

Beginning Reading

  • Finding the Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Reading Pictures
Book
B-C

Early Reading

  • Finding Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  • Identifying Author’s Purpose
  • Interpreting Figurative Language
  • Distinguishing Between Real and Make-believe
Book
D-H

Main Strategies

  • Finding Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  • Identifying Author’s Purpose
  • Interpreting Figurative Language
  • Summarising