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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 AR® 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.
  • Student reads a book in their reading level chosen from a list of over 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 over 110,000 quizzes
  • After reading the book, the student takes a quiz on the book using a classroom computer
  • Each quiz is 5 - 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 receive awards for reaching certain levels of points/ tests each month

What results can be expected from AR®?

  • 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  Teachers, students and parents may access this list using website.  See instructions on other side.

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.


Helping students help themselves to become better readers  

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AR Websites

Below are two links that could help you with the AR Program at our school.  The AR Website link will take you to a website that will allow parents to link six emails with their child's AR content.  It will send you an email each time that your child takes a test and will let you know how they did on that test.  You can also see what your child has read.  You will need your child's AR user name and password to access the site.

The AR Bookfinder link will allow parents to know what level the book is and how many points the book is worth.  It also gives a brief synopsis of the book. 

AR Website

AR Bookfinder