Saturday, October 23, 2021

Accelerated Program

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

Accelerated Reader is a reading comprehension program which is designed to encourage students to read books at an optimum level for advancement, based on their Star Reading tested level. The book level helps students choose the appropriate books for their reading range. After reading the book, the student takes a quiz on that book The quiz results provide instant feedback on the student's understanding and progress.


How do students use AR?

Students are assessed quarterly and receive a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range. This range determines the level of books the student should read to improve reading and comprehension skills. 


Can students read books which are not in their ZPD range?

Absolutely! Reading for pure enjoyment is always beneficial. It is recommended that students do not take quizzes above their range. As a student increases his/her comprehension skills, their range moves up. Therefore, it is best to take quizzes in their ZPD each quarter. It is not recommended for students to take quizzes below their ZPD as there is very little challenge and they do not improve their reading skills. 


The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program provides teachers and children with a fun and exciting way to promote reading at home and in the classroom. A wide variety of books are marked with stickers in the St. Elizabeth Library to indicate that they are AR books. Students may read AR books and take the associated quizzes to earn points toward milestone incentives, such as pencils, candy bars, erasers and ice cream parties. The kids love to watch their progress and teachers often involve the students in setting AR point goals for the year.


Reading levels for students are determined by the administration of a computer reading diagnostic test called The Star Reading Test. Students in grades 1-8 take this test at various times each school year (beginning of the school year, after the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd report periods).


Accelerated Reader is now online. If your child is in grades 1-8, you should have received a parent letter with the website address which allows you and your child to see their AR history and progress. The website also has an "AR Book Find" to search for books, book levels, and quizzes. Each child has their own log in information. 

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