Recognizing that the amount of time spent in recreational reading is a predictor of students' academic success, the Merrillville Community School Corporation has adopted a corporation-wide required reading program. All students are required to read and pass tests to accumulate a certain number of points. Students' progress will be assessed each grading period. Students are required to achieve 70% or higher on the corresponding computer book quiz to receive credit for the book. The number of points received will determine the student's letter grade that will be listed on the report card each grading period.
Students will take a Scholastic Reading Inventory test each year. The test consists of a series of short passages the student is required to read, and then they will complete fill-in-the-blank sentences. This test takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Students then receive a lexile score. A lexile score is a measurement that is used to assess the student’s reading ability and to help students find books at an appropriate reading level. Students will have an opportunity to take an SRI test every thirty days.
Students will be able to a print out a recommended reading list after they take their SRI test. The books on the list will be within their lexile range and based on interests they selected before beginning the test. Students can also print out a new reading list each time they log onto the Reading Counts program to test on a book.
Grades 1-2 - Students may test 50 points below their lexile.
Grade 3 - Students may test on chapter books at 300+ or 50 points below their lexile on other books.
Grade 4 - Students may test on chapter books at 400+ or 50 points below their lexile on other books.
Grades 5-6 - Students may test on chapter books at 500+ or 50 points below their lexile on other books.
Grades 7-8 - Students may test on chapter books at 600+ or 50 points below their lexile on other books.
Grades 9-12 - Students may test on chapter books at 700+ or 50 points below their lexile on other books.
*All book assessments must be completed no later than five days prior to the end of the grading period in order for the students to receive credit.
*High school students will receive one credit upon completion of 192 points. All books read before the 09-10 school year will count for 12 points each.