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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader and STAR Reading

WHAT IS ACCELERATED READER?

AR®is a reading program for first through sixth grade students that:

  • Manages student reading.
  • Monitors student’s comprehension.
  • Motivates students to read.
  • Increases the volume, quality, and enjoyment of reading.

WHY DO WE NEED ACCELERATED READER?

  • Alarming statistics point out that elementary school students are spending less and less time reading independently.
  • The Accelerated Reader®program challenges all readers – from the novice to the most advanced bookworms – to read more quality literature at their own level.

HOW DOES ACCELERATED READER WORK?

  • The student takes an assessment test to determine their reading level.
  • This STAR test is generally given once a quarter and is designed to identify a student’s range of independent reading.
  • The student is given an independent reading level rating (ZPD) based on their STAR test results.
  • StudentS read bookS in their reading level chosen from a list of more than 110,000 books with AR quizzes available.
  • The target is to find material that is not too easy or too frustrating.
  • Students have access to more than 110,000 quizzes.
  • After reading the book, the student takes a quiz on the book using a classroom computer.
  • Each quiz is 5 to 20 multiple choice questions.
  • Student goal is to score 80% or higher on each quiz.

HOW IS ACCELERATED READER USED IN THE CLASSROOM?

  • Teachers set AR® reading goals, depending upon grade level, per week, month or trimester.
  • Each book has a point value depending on reading level and difficulty.
  • Students must earn a minimum number of book points or titles read per week, month or trimester.

WHAT RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED FROM ACCELERATED READER?

  • Student receives immediate feedback.
  • Teacher and student review the results.
  • Based on results, teacher makes recommendations.
  • Teachers receive detailed reports on students’ progress.

HOW DOES THE LIBRARY SUPPORT ACCELERATED READER?

  • Library page on website explains how Accelerated Reader® works
  • Library maintains list of all books in the library with AR quizzes available through ARBookfind.com. Teachers, students and parents may access this list using ARBookfind.com.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?

  • Encourage your child to read..
  • Make time at home for reading
  • Shut down distractions.
  • Ask your child about his or her book.
  • Donate a needed book to our library or your child’s classroom.

ACCELERATED READER® Helping students help themselves to become better readers  

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