Accelerated Reader (AR)
Accelerated Reader is a web-based computerized program which we use in grades 2 through 8 to
- Motivate the children to read at their own pace
- Give the children a reason to practice reading
- Help the children, teachers and parents to monitor and assess reading progress.
STEP 1: SELECT THE RIGHT BOOK.
Our school librarian, Mrs. Lyon, makes every effort to make sure the students have an AR book which is appropriate for the student’s age and interests, and is within the reading range, as determined by the STAR test (which is taken three times each year). All AR books from our school library are marked with the book’s reading level and point value.
Parents and teachers can also use the website www.arbookfind.com to check whether an AR quiz is available for books they may have at home, or from the public library or book store. (Please see the section on our Online Library.)
STEP 2: READ THE BOOK.
Take an interest in what your child is reading, and remind your children to read their entire AR book. Make reading a priority in your home by providing a quiet environment, with few distractions, each day.
STEP 3: TAKE THE AR QUIZ AT SCHOOL SOON AFTER READING THE BOOK.
Depending on the length of the book, the quiz will consist of 5, 10 or 20 multiple-choice questions. After answering the questions, the student will know whether or not he/she passed the test. The program accumulates points for each child. The classroom teacher will determine how the student will be rewarded or graded for points earned or quizzes passed.
STEP 4: HOME CONNECT.
Parents can access the student’s account from home, using Renaissance Home Connect, which shows a snapshot of the student’s Accelerated Reader progress, including average percent correct on quizzes, number of points earned, and book level (sometimes called the ATOS level). In addition, parents can specify up to six e-mail addresses to receive automatic updates in English or Spanish on their students’ AR progress.
For information on your child’s STAR reading level, or help with finding an appropriate book, please contact our school Librarian, Mrs. Lyon. at [email protected]
For technical assistance, such as your access codes for Renaissance Home Connect, please contact our computer teacher, Mrs. Thornton. [email protected]