The research-based Comprehensive Assessment of Reading Strategies (CARS Plus) Series helps you quickly identify which of the 12 standards-based reading comprehension strategies your students might be struggling to understand. Informed by this data, you can then provide students with targeted instruction depending on each student's individual needs by using STARS Plus.
To be done at the beginning of the year. Give students one test per day for five consecutive days.
To be done throughout the year. There are two benchmarking tests to be administered in 75-minute periods.
To be completed at the end of the year. Give students one test per day for five consecutive days.
CARS & STARS Plus assessments test student comprehension of the following reading strategies.
The strategies are based on comprehension ability and so levels P and AA focus on only six of the twelve main reading strategies (including pre-reading and listening skills, these are visual and teacher-guided), level A focuses on eight, and levels B-H focus on all twelve strategies. The names of the strategies change slightly in pre-reading levels to compensate for comprehension abilities.