Accelerated Reader (2nd-6th Grades)
It’s all about practice. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student’s independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult to cause frustration. In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.
- Determine reading level. First, a student’s optimal reading level is determined through the STAR Reading Enterprise assessment. This assessment provides information on a student’s overall reading ability and suggests a range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”, or ZPD. An entire class can be screened in approximately 15 minutes.
- Set practice goals. Teachers then meet with each student to set three individualized reading practice goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty and monitor progress toward those goals.
- Personalize practice. Personalized reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR BookFinder makes it easy to find the perfect book.
- Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes of five types on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs, tablets, and NEO 2s, as well as through the AR Student App available on Apple® devices.
- Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of the TOPS Report and Renaissance Home Connect.
Ways to help your child at home with their reading:
- Read to your children.
- Have your children read a minimum of 30 minutes every night.
- Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points.
- Leave reading materials (books, magazines, catalogs) in conspicuous places around the home.
- Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
- Take your children to the library regularly.
- Encourage older children to read to their younger siblings.
- Play games that are reading related – spelling games played with letters or tiles or dice, or board games that require players to read.
- Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. Don’t forget menus, road signs, food labels, etc.
- Help your children build a personal library and designate a bookcase, shelf, or box where they can keep their books.
- Encourage writing along with reading. Ask children to make their own books and cards as gifts.