The Placement Book tests individual students’ comprehension level and places them on the correct CARS & STARS® level for their ability. This will mean that a class may consist of multiple, different CARS & STARS® levels, however the program was developed for this and makes it easy to teach multiple levels in one class. Do the Placement Book either at the end of the previous year or at the beginning of the next year. You need to know what levels your students are on so that you know which books to order.
NOTE: If a student is on level A in CARS®, they should also be on Level A in STARS®. See the STARS® Plus Teacher Guide for more information.
Administer the five Pretests in the CARS® Plus Series to diagnose the needs of the students in your class. This should be done one per day, preferably consecutively. At the completion of the 5 tests, mark all 5 as a class. Have the students fill in their Student Progress Chart in their CARS® Plus Student Book with their results, then complete their Self-Assessment 1 and hand it to you with their answer bubble sheet. Using the student’s Self Assessment and bubble sheet, complete your choice of Teacher Assessment 1–3 (for student discussion/goal setting or data recording) or, if using CARS & STARS® Online: Assessment & Reports, enter the data directly into the student test data page. Make sure students take note of their Student Progress Chart to see which strategies they are strong in and which ones they need to focus on for the year. STARS® Plus instruction can begin in the next class.
The STARS® Plus Student Book lessons are cumulative and designed to be used from start to finish for each strategy. Start from lesson 1 and work your way through to the end for best results. If you are short on time or are using the program for remedial instruction only, you may assign specific strategy lessons in the STARS® Plus Series to remediate areas that need improvement and 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 to complete, correct and discuss. Benchmark tests do not need to be completed consecutively. Small section reviews are provided after every 3 lessons in the STARS Plus student books. While these results are not recorded in the CARS Plus books, they do provide another indicator of your student’s progress.
Upon completion of the STARS® Plus lessons, after students have practised with the Final Review, administer the five Post Tests in the same manner you administered the 5 Pretests – one a day for consecutive days. At the completion of the 5 tests, mark all 5 as a class. Have the students fill in their Student Progress Chart in their CARS® Plus Student Book with their results, then complete their Self-Assessment 2 and hand it to you with their bubble sheet. Using the student’s Self-Assessment and bubble sheet, complete your choice of Teacher Assessment 1–3 (for student discussion/goal setting or data recording) or, if using CARS & STARS® Online: Assessment & Reports, enter the data directly into the student test data page. Have students take note of their Student Progress Chart to see which strategies they were strong in when they started, where they improved during the Benchmarks and which ones they mastered at the end of the year.
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 for completion. They should be completed no more than one or two days after the Pretests or Post Tests have been completed.