Hawker Brownlow Education

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About the Program

About the Program


CARS & STARS Plus is a comprehensive reading program consisting of ten levels (P-H) that allows you to identify and teach twelve reading and comprehension strategies and improve literacy results.

Core Reading Strategies

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. View A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing CARS & STARS for a PDF Printout or visit How it Works.

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 student needing extra practice on a specific strategy).


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