The CARS & STARS Plus program is based on reading comprehension ability, not year level. The Placement Book evaluations test individual student’s comprehension levels and place them in the correct CARS & STARS Plus level. More than one level may be represented within the same class. The program was designed with this in mind, making it possible to teach multiple levels within the one class.
Note: If a student is placed in level A in CARS Plus, they should also be placed in Level A in STARS Plus. See the STARS Plus Teacher Guide for more information.
Conducting the Placement Test:
The Placement Test is best conducted at either the end of the school year or at the beginning of the following year.
The STARS Plus Student Book lessons are cumulative and designed to be used from start to finish for each strategy. Time allowing, commence at lesson 1 and work through to lesson 12. If you are short on time, or you are using the program for remedial instruction only, assign specific strategy lessons to remediate areas needing improvement or reinforcement.
Throughout the year, administer the 5 Benchmark tests in the CARS Plus Student book to evaluate and monitor student progress. These tests provide practice in applying multiple reading strategies within a passage.
Each Benchmark test requires between 45–60 minutes completing, correcting and discussing. Benchmark tests do not need to be completed consecutively. Small section reviews are provided after every 3 lessons in the STARS Plus student books. Whilst these results are not recorded in the CARS Plus books, they do provide another indicator of your student’s progress.
Note: Self-Assessments 1 (completed after the Pretests) and 2 (completed after the Post Tests), in each CARS Plus Student Book, require about 20 minutes each to complete. They should be completed within one or two days after the Pretests or Post Tests have been completed.