What is a STAR Reading test?
STAR Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer-based reading assessment programme that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s answer is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, then the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately ten minutes. There are so many questions, that however many times the test is taken, the child is extremely unlikely to ever read the same question twice.
Each child has been tested, using STAR reader. This has given each child a ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD). This indicates a range of books that will challenge a child, without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Recognising that no test is perfect, teacher’s professional judgement is also used to determine the best level.
Which books to read?
Every book in school is labelled with a book level. It is vital that children read with a high degree of comprehension within the ZPD zone shown by their test. We tend to ask the children to start at the lower end of the range and then work up. The end of book quiz will also help to indicate whether or not the book is at the appropriate level to encourage the best progress. If a child repeatedly scores 100%, then we would ask a child to increase their book level.
Checking the maturity level of the book
Even though a child may be able to read a book, this does not always mean that the content is appropriate. Therefore, the books are labelled LY (Lower Years), MY (Middle Years) and UY (Upper Years). These will enable teachers and parents to choose books at a suitable maturity level.
Although we have a small number of UY books, with an orange book level sticker, we would recommend these only for Year Six pupils (and then only with parental permission first).