The Key To Success On Quizzes
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Created as a professional development tool for the Accelerated Reader program.

Created as a professional development tool for the Accelerated Reader program.

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  • 1. The Key to Success: Ensuring Students Do Well On Reading Practice Quizzes
  • 2. Success on Reading Practice Quizzes
    • Averaging 85% correct shows comprehension of books read and leads to reading growth
    • Averaging 90% and above leads to even greater growth
    • YOU are the essential element in a student’s success
  • 3. Start with Book Selection
    • Guide students to books in their ZPD (book-level range appropriate for reading ability
      • Check Interest Level, too!
    • Get to know your students and help them find books that build on their interests
    • Remember, non-fiction reading has its own set of skills that must be taught
  • 4. Monitor Reading Practice
    • Status-of-the-Class
      • Ensures one-on-one interaction with each student
      • Chance to check reading logs
      • Discuss how they’re doing with the current book
      • Address concerns BEFORE the student tries to take a quiz
  • 5. Review Key Reports
    • TOPS – check how the student performed on each quiz
    • Student Record – see details of students’ performance on every quiz
    • Diagnostic – monitor how the class is doing and identify who needs help
      • Look for diagnostic codes
      • Tailor lessons to those who need them rather than the entire class
  • 6. Intervene Promptly
    • Take steps to help if a student:
      • Is clearly struggling with a book
      • Scores below 80% on a single quiz
      • Averages below 85%
    • Talk to your students to identify what’s causing the problem then use your professional judgment for intervention
  • 7. Take a Look at the Student’s Book
    • Is the book too long?
    • Is the readability level too difficult?
    • Is it in a genre with unfamiliar conventions or new to the student?
    • Does it deal with a subject or situation with which the student is unfamiliar?
    • Is the student just not interested in the story?
  • 8. Help with the Next Book Choice
    • If students struggle with a book, make sure they succeed with their next one
      • Success is a powerful motivator
      • So is failure
    • Try shorter books FIRST, then try easier books (lower book level)
    • Look for high-interest books (hi/lo)
  • 9. Address Other Common Problems
    • Reads too fast (rushes to the end) or too slowly (forgets the early parts)
    • Student doesn’t recognize when s/he is confused so fixing strategies aren’t applied
    • Forgets or doesn’t know how to review a book before quizzing
    • Doesn’t quiz carefully (VGS: video game syndrome)
  • 10. Provide Instruction
    • Make sure students know to read carefully and to try their best on EVERY quiz
    • Teach comprehension and vocabulary strategies for successful reading
    • Help with phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency as needed
    • Target lessons to what the student needs
  • 11. Common Problems
    • Student is reading a book (fiction) that’s too hard or too long
      • Have student do “Read With” to finish the book
      • Guide student in selecting shorter book next time
      • If a shorter book is still too hard, have student try a lower reading level
  • 12. Common Problems
    • Student reads too quickly and often rushes through the last chapters of the book
      • Have the student re-read the parts of the book s/he’s forgotten
      • Teach the student to jot down brief notes on each chapter before taking a quiz
        • Don’t forget to teach note-taking/outlining skills
        • Don’t assume the student knows how to pick up on key points/words, plot, characters, setting changes, etc.
  • 13. Common Problems
    • Student is struggling with a non-fiction book
      • Teach strategies for reading non-fiction
        • Previewing
        • Outlining
        • Skimming
        • Summarizing
      • Before quizzing, have student use strategies to review main ideas
      • Guide student in selecting a shorter or easier non-fiction book next time
  • 14. Common Problems
    • Student has trouble or is not careful taking AR quizzes
      • Watch student take a few quizzes
        • Going too fast?
        • Not reading all choices before making a selection?
        • Clicking answers by accident
      • Give guidance and instruction as needed
      • Emphasize the importance of slowing down and testing carefully
        • Don’t assume your student knows how to take a computer-generated quiz
        • Don’t assume the fine motor skills necessary for mouse manipulation are there
  • 15. Common Problems
    • Student is not successful in his/her reading practice (average drops below 85%) in spite of all of the above suggestions
      • Re-evaluate student’s ZPD
      • Work with student to identify problems with basic reading skills
      • Provide targeted instruction as needed in comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonics, and phonemic awareness