As part of the Year 7 and 8 Reading Program at LSC, English teachers use the Literacy Pro computer program created by Scholastic. This is an innovative computer-based resource used by schools to motivate, encourage and monitor independent reading.
Year 7 and 8 students complete an adaptive reading comprehension test that assesses their reading progress and reading comprehension level, known as a Lexile measure. A Lexile is a unit that measures the amount of challenge presented by a passage of text. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students.
After the initial test, students are placed on the Literacy Pro Lexile Framework. The program then recommends books available in the school library that match their individual reading ability. The test also surveys students’ interests and favourite genres, making suggestions that are appealing and, therefore, more likely to engage apprehensive readers. This is also a great resource to increase motivation for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Through Lalor’s 1:1 device program, students have full access to the Literacy Pro website. Once they have completed the test, their login will be saved on their laptop. The website features quizzes on each title, creating an opportunity to track and support reading comprehension. Students complete the test at multiple points throughout the year to monitor their progress.
You can access the Literacy Pro website here: https://au.scholastic.com/en/literacy-pro
Written by Emma Dower
Literacy Learning Specialist