Students in Grades 3 and up who live in Summit can practice the Math and Language Arts skills that they learned in school and prepare for the upcoming PARCC exam using the Summit Free Public Library’s FREE subscriptions to Lumos Step Up and Learning Express.  

To access Lumos Step Up and Learning Express, visit the library’s website:  www.summitlibrary.org.

Mouse-over to Kids or Teens, and select either Online Resources for Kids or Online Resources for Teens to find both Lumos Step Up and Learning Express.  For Lumos Step Up, you must type your Summit Free Public Library card barcode in the middle of the screen, and press enter.  All users are required to register for both services with a valid email address.

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Lumos Step Up has Summative Assessments which are full length practice tests on Math and English Language Arts skills for students in 3-8th grade.  Summative assessment questions are assigned at random.  Users can select to take the full test, take the test based on difficulty level, and take partial test with a specific amount of questions.  Once the user begins the assessment, the time taken for each problem is written on the upper right hand corner of the screen. When the user finishes the assessment, click the “Results” button on the bottom of the screen.  The user will see the problems that they have answered correctly and incorrectly, and explanations will be given for all correct answers.

Lumos Step Up also has written instruction and tutorial videos created by certified teachers on basic to advanced math skills for Grades 3-8, the basics of how to write better stories and essays, note taking, the basics of active listening, and the 7 habits of Highly Effective Students.  

The School Center of Learning Express contains basic practice and review in Mathematics and English Language Arts for Grades 4-8 and Social Studies and Geography review for Grades 6-8.  Students have the option of taking practice learner tests for math and language arts. For practice tests, the user will see answer explanations after the test is complete; for learner tests, the user will see answer explanations after each question.  While taking the practice tests, the users have the option to proceed to the next question, to skip a question, or to “Score My Test” tests to see the test results in real time, and suggestions on how to improve skills practiced.

Learning Express also contains tutorials of 6-8th Grade Math and English Language Arts, ebooks to assist with 6-8th grade curriculum, private and independent school test prep for the ISEE and SSAT exams, and practice tests for college entrance exams including the SAT and AP Exams.  

The Library staff at the Summit Library will demonstrate Lumos Step Up and Learning Express for parents and students on Monday afternoons in April on Monday, April 16 at 4 PM.  If cannot make the demonstration, you can try it on your own with the instructions presented in this article.