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I am currently a sahm but taught for 8 years. I'm also hoping to return to the classroom next year. So many new programs have been implemented while I've been at home. I had my son's conference yesterday and assessments were discusses. His teacher talked about some computer assessments called STAR and CCC. Have you heard of them? Can you give any info.? According to his teacher my son's above level in reading according his STAR, AR and Fountas and Pinnell assessments. However, he is on level according to CCC. Does CCC trump all the others?


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The only one I have heard of is the STAR reading test.

INfo from the web:

Taking a STAR Reading quiz is simple for your students. Three quick steps allow your students to complete the quiz, on their own, in less than ten minutes.

1. Student takes the test. Questions continually adjust to the student’s responses. If the student’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the student misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced.
2. You get results. When testing is complete, STAR Reading provides you with 16 detailed reports to help you instantly place new students and identify those who need individual help.
3. You make data-driven decisions. STAR Reading makes it easy to match appropriate books and curricular materials to each student.

And STAR Reading works with Accelerated Reader in four key ways:

It helps you quickly determine each student’s zone of proximal development (ZPD). There’s no faster, easier way to guide students to books that will promote reading growth without causing frustration.

It gives you an instant snapshot of each student’s progress and the progress of an entire class. You can even run a special report containing intervention tips specific to AR students!

It helps you predict outcomes on popular high-stakes tests. You can identify the students who need extra help, and then use Accelerated Reader to motivate and monitor additional guided independent reading practice to ensure they meet your state standards.

It allows you to generate reports that compare STAR Reading results and Accelerated Reader results side-by-side.


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We have CCC at our school. I am not sure if it is the same though. It is a success maker program. There are different programs for different levels- my third grade students get on Readers Workshop and math concepts and skills. It moves them through the various skills needed. As they master skills, they move up through the different grade levels. That's probably not the best explanation, but the best I can do. I'll look for my informatio about it and see if it has a better one.

To your question- does CCC trump STAR? I personally think that CCC (if we are talking about the same program) gives a more accurate description only because it is more skills than the STAR test. However, I think you have to take all the information that you have about your student to make an professional decision about their abilities. No one program is going to giveyou the full picture.

Hope this helps.



I knew I could count on you. Great info and I feel more informed. Between AR, STAR, DAR, CCC... you wonder when teachers have time to teach.


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read here to compare programs

### The Accelerated Reader Program is a motivational program to help promote reading of whole literature by students. It is also used to increase students reading levels and comprehension.# The program can be implemented school-wide through access of the school library books and classroom computers equipped with Accelerated Reader comprehension tests.

### Several procedures follow the program. First, students go to the library and check out books(posted with reading levels) of their choice which are on or above their pleasurable reading level (initial level determined by the S.T.A.R. Program). Each book is given a point value according to its length, difficulty, and reading level. Once books are read, the students then take computerized comprehension tests to earn point values. After reaching and accumulating goal points each nine weeks, students are rewarded for their reading efforts.

### During the testing, students are able to monitor their reading levels and comprehension percentages by reading the test results immediately following their comprehension tests. The teachers are also able to track student reading levels each week with a computerized printout of student performance on every test students take in the program.# At their own reading stance, students naturally progress upward in their comprehension and reading levels through the Accelerated Reader program.


## The Standardized Tests for Assessment in Reading (S.T.A.R.) is a computer-based program. It is used to diagnois and monitor the individual reading development of students. It also provides students, teachers, and parents with pretesting and posttesting Accelerated Reader recreational reading comprehension level results. Individual students' pretests are given at the beginning of the school year using this program. The results provide a reading level zone for students to begin their participation the Accelerated Reader Program. At the end of the year, posttests are completed by each student to summate yearly reading developmental progress.


##### Students are provided with the Computer Curriculum Corporation Success Maker (CCC Program). The Success Maker is a computer program like a word processor, spread sheet, or game. It delivers the practice of skills individually to students and promotes academic achievement for all levels of student learning.

### The program fosters the development of foundation skills and also promotes the use of higher-order thinking skills in both content area subjects and specialized language arts subjects. Examples of content area programs are the Math Concepts and Skills, Math Investigations, or Algebra Topics. For science the program has ten different science topics in the course Science Discovery. Some of the specialized reading skills' programs also included are Reader's Workshop, Reading Adventures Program (for fifth and sixth graders), and Critical Reading Skills. In English students may work in the Language Arts Strands Program.

Students can go to the computer lab at least once a week as a class to work on the program. Grade levels rotate each day. Every five weeks, a computer course report is printed out for each teacher to monitor the progress of their students in specified subject areas. These reports are also used by teachers to target both academic strengths and weaknesses of individual students. In turn, the teachers are able to reinforce these academic weaknesses in the classroom. The results strengthen learner outcomes for all students in various subject areas.


### Skills Bank is a comprehensive computer-based program used for diagnosing and remediating students' basic skills. The program includes Reading, Language, Mathematics, Writing, and Study Skills. Students are allowed to access and utilize these practice skills# at various times during the day on classroom computers. The program not only provides skills practice, but it also individualizes instruction.

### All students' names are housed in the program. Students enter their names into the program and work on skills they are weak in academically. Once a skill is completed, the students are provided with immediate feedback on their progress.

### The program also provides the teacher with immediate access to diagnostic information on each student. This helps the teacher to focus lessons on major weaknesses of students both individually and as a group. Everyone benefits from this academic program.