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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 must acquire a minimum number of book points or titles read per week, month or trimester

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 maintains list of all books in the library with AR quizzes available through  Teachers, students and parents may access this list using website. 

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