Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized reading management program. It combines the best in children’s literature, with software that tests reading comprehension. This learning system also manages student records and reliably tracks reading performance.

We now have access to nearly 100,000 Accelerated Reader tests that span a variety of reading levels and genres. These tests have been recommended by teachers, students, and parents. We are continually building up our library of A.R. books.

AR Book Finder Look up AR Quiz titles
Renaissance Home Connect Check your points and AR Goal

(Note: Students are not allowed to take A.R. tests at home)

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AR Goals & Prizes

Students earn points based on the difficulty of the book read, and the number of questions answered correctly. Each month, teachers will set point goals for students based on their independent reading level and the number of minutes they are expected to read each day.  Students earn prizes based on whether they meet their goal with an overall 80% accuracy on tests.  Also, students that meet their monthly goal will have their name placed in a drawing for additional prizes. Finally, students can earn Principal for the Day if they earn a certain number of points. The following are links to the various AR prizes available to students:

2015-2016 A.R. Student Goals and Incentives 

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It is 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 Accelerated Reader 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 carefully.
  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.

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 Accelerated Reader program challenges students to achieve.

Information taken from:
Accelerated Reader User’s Manual
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