Accelerated Reader

(AR) is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

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What is a book level? - Book levels are reported using the ATOS™ readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For example, a book level of 4.5 means that the text could likely be read by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader during the fifth month of school.

What are points? Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book (ATOS readability level) and the length of the book (number of words). Children earn points, or a portion of a book’s points, depending on how well they do on the Reading Practice Quiz.

How can parents find out a book’s level and points? Visit www.arbookfind.com will give basic information about books. The advanced search feature can also assist parents in identifying books for your children that are at his/her reading level that are of interest to him/her.

What are the benefits of AR? Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers, from students with special needs to those who are gifted and talented. When children read books at an appropriate level, they experience success. Furthermore, teachers work with children to set appropriate goals based on each child's level.

How can I monitor my student's AR status? You can monitor your student's status by visiting Renaissance Learning Home Connect site. You will need your student's user name and password that they use to sign in to their AR account at school. You can monitor your child's points progress, see the last quiz taken, and check their lexile level. This is a great way to support your child in earning those AR points to be eligible for parties.