Kansas Schools Using New Reading Tool

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas parents can turn to the Web for a powerful new tool designed to help kids become better readers.

Kansas Book Connect lists books that fit the reading level and interests of students by using annual reading scores and other student data. That information will be given to schools within the next few months and will be made available to parents.

A third-grader might be given a 3.5 rating, meaning the student is reading at level of the fifth month in the third grade. A level of 2.7 would mean that the third-grader is reading below grade level and might need help from parents.

The site offers more than 120,000 titles for readers of all abilities.

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.-based Renaissance Learning created the service, and works with the Kansas Department of Education to offer it.

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