CARS & STARS Plus is the updated version of CARS, STARS and CARS II. There are now only two parts, CARS (the assessment portion) and STARS (the instruction portion). The benchmarking component, formerly CARS II, has now been updated and included within the new, expanded CARS Plus.
Within the CARS Plus book, tests are broken into 5 Pretests, 5 Benchmarks and 5 Post Tests. As with STARS Plus, CARS Plus includes new stories and revised versions of stories that previously appeared. Books B–H include the Student Progress Chart, where students can optionally record their own level of mastery for the strategies covered.
The Student Book changes consist of new stories and revisions to old stories.
The Teacher Guide changes consist of explicit detailed instruction that guides teachers through administering lessons to students.
Teacher Guides also now contain a page of Strategy Bookmarks for teachers to photocopy and give to students working on a particular strategy. There is a bookmark for each strategy, and each one contains tips to help the student figure that particular strategy out.