Reading Counts Program

Reading Counts is an incentive based program that encourages students to read for pleasure!  Students then take a quiz on the book they read to earn points.

Each month students will be working with their teacher to set reading goals. Students earn points by reading specific Reading Counts books and taking reading comprehension tests. The number of points a student earns is determined by the difficulty of the book and the number of questions answered correctly.

Teachers direct students to read Reading Counts books in their appropriate reading range. Reading practice that is too easy does little to improve skills, while practice that is too hard leads to frustration. Practice that is both challenging and fun will produce optimal reading growth. This range of reading practice is called Lexile Level range.

The Point System

After the student has completed a test, he or she gets immediate feedback in the form of reading points. The program awards  points based on the length and difficulty of the book, and the student’s comprehension. This single score- reading points- gives students instant reinforcement for their efforts.

It also provides the teacher with an accurate measurement of  each student’s performance. By basing reading points on the three standards of quantity, quality, and reading level, the Reading Counts program challenges students to achieve.


Students are given rewards monthly based on their goal percentage.

Home Connect  (Click here)

At school, your child is using a computer software program called Renaissance Place. This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect. Parents, students, and teachers can view their progress with Renaissance Home Connect from any computer. The website address will be provided to you, along with your child’s user name and passwords.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Select a book. Students first choose a book in their reading level.  There are thousands of outstanding titles on the Reading Counts Book list.
  2. Read the book. Students then read their books.  Many students get so excited about the program, they read every chance they get!  Be sure to read careful.
  3. Take the test. Many students find this to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the program.  They take a computerized test featuring 5, 10, or 20 multiple choice comprehension questions.  After the student completes the test, the program indicates how many questions he or she answered correctly.  It also allows the students to view the questions he or she missed.  Students are awarded points based on how many questions they answered correctly, as well as the assigned point value of the book.