Tracking AR in the Classroom
I use a system to help the kids to track and monitor
their goal. They have a chart in their red AR folder
with all of the AR information (AR level, T.O. Zone
range, and Points Goal) as well as a section for
them to keep track of their progress toward their
goal. I divided 100% of the goal by the 9 weeks in
the grading period and give the kids a small
percentage to shoot for every week. For example, on
the first week of the 9-weeks the students need to
make 11% of their goal. Then the next week, they
need to make 22% of their goal. I call this their
checkpoint. If they meet the checkpoints every week,
it will be easier to make their goal by the end of
the grading period.
AR keeps track of the percentage correct on AR
tests. In order for a student to grow as a reader,
the percentage correct needs to stay above 85%. If
the percentage falls below 85%, the student needs
help in comprehension while reading.
It is difficult to work on comprehension when the
book is as long as a chapter book is. I handle this
problem by calling a Time Out (or T.O. for short).
When this happens, the student will start reading
shorter books on his level so that we can work on
comprehension. Once he gets his percentage back up
over 85%, then he will be able to read chapter books
Goal Setting and Data
At the beginning of
every 9-weeks, your student will take the STARR
Test. The STARR Test is a computerized reading
assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology.
Questions continually adjust to your child’s
responses. If the child’s response is correct, the
difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a
question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test
uses multiple-choice questions and takes
approximately 15 minutes. This test gives us your
child’s reading level. From there, the goal is set
depending on the minutes of reading expected daily.
Accelerated Reader is a grade at our school.
The students and I monitor AR very closely.
They have become very invested in their
reading progress. They come to me often to
check on their goals and where they are in
regards to the weekly checkpoint. The
students also track their goal in their red
10% of the Reading grade. The point value varies
depending on the amount of points in the reading
grade for that 9 weeks.
grade has 2 parts. They are as follows:
The first part is - did the student make their
goal? If the student made their goal, then they
get all the points. If they didn’t make their
goal, then they get that percentage of points.
For example: Student made 85% of their goal.
They would get 85% of the points.
The second part is -
did the student pass the AR tests? As the
student takes tests throughout the 9 weeks, the
tests are averaged together. This average is
what this part of the grade is based on using
the scale below.