San Diego — April 20, 2016 — Educators using the Whooo’s Reading platform now have access to a valuable new feature, the Total Reader cloze assessment program, designed for grades three and up. The companies’ new partnership will give Whooo’s Reading users exclusive access to the online reading assessment, which is built on the Lexile® Framework for Reading.
“We couldn’t be more excited about working together to help motivate reading growth in order to develop a lifelong love of reading,” said Scott Sibley, manager of Total Reader. “The addition of Total Reader’s Lexile measure functionality into Whooo’s Reading’s already outstanding platform will help provide the type of engagement that all 21st century users demand.”
The Total Reader assessment evaluates students’ Lexile measure through the use of a short reading passage. The assessment allows students to choose whether they want to read fiction or nonfiction and then presents a selection of topics. Students review a short selected reading passage and fill in missing words by selecting the best out of four possible answers. Students receive a reading score based on the Lexile Scale®. The difficulty level of each new assessment automatically increases as the student’s reading ability improves.
“We were drawn to Total Reader because their program is built on the same values and goals that we have: making it easy for educators to encourage student reading,” said Raphael Menko, co-founder of Whooo’s Reading. “Teachers save time in the classroom because students can do the assessment independently and be finished in about 10 minutes. Plus the cloze assessment is similar to a word-find game, which reinforces the engagement our program already encourages.”
The Total Reader assessments will automatically appear in students’ accounts once a week. Teachers can use the assessments to obtain an objective weekly “snapshot” of students’ reading skills that shows them their students’ reading growth over time. Administrators can also use the data to track student reading achievements and progress toward school or district goals. All Total Reader data will be available within the Whooo’s Reading platform’s data dashboard, providing quick access to students’ Lexile levels as soon as educators log in.
The Whooo’s Reading platform makes reading fun by giving students in grades K-8 the power of choice, allowing them to read fiction or nonfiction material while incorporating online game elements preferred by today’s digital natives. It also encourages students to improve specific standards-aligned reading and writing skills and become more confident in writing for authentic audiences, including classmates and family members.
Students using Whooo’s Reading via their secure personal profiles are inspired to read and think critically with standards-aligned preloaded and teacher-created questions. Their critical reasoning is rewarded with virtual Wisdom Coins to personalize and embellish their Owlvatar, adding a sense of ownership to their work and motivating them to try harder, thereby improving reading, comprehension and writing skills. Students are encouraged to engage with peers within their class’s interactive newsfeed, which displays the books, comments and responses of their classmates, promoting collaboration and deeper engagement.
“The Total Reader assessment program is an outstanding addition to the array of comprehension measuring methods we already offer that help teachers monitor students’ reading progress,” said Menko. “This new integration is part of our commitment to enhancing and refining our platform so that teachers and their students always have the best solutions for reading motivation and improvement.”
About Whooo’s Reading
Whooo’s Reading is a startup company focused on providing a 21stt-century alternative to traditional literacy programs. Unlike other reading programs, their service is student-centric rather than educator-centric, meaning everything they develop is focused on benefitting the children who use it. For more information, visit https://www.whooosreading.org.
About Total Reader
The parent company of Total Reader is EDmin, based in San Diego. The company’s focus is “Connecting Educators With What Works.” The company has been working with schools and districts for 20 years and serves nearly 4 million users in all 50 states, in addition to the international market. EDmin is best known for the INFORM® Learning System, an enterprise-level platform that integrates assessment, reporting, resource and community capabilities with an academic data warehouse. For more information, please visit http://www.edmin.com.
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