Accelerate Reader (AR)


      We are using Accelerated Reader to aid your student in reading growth. AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading. Your child picks a book at his level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what he read.) AR gives us feedback based on the quiz results, which I can then use to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Read the following section for more details about AR in our classroom.

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 Tests

      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.


T.O. Zone


     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 again.

 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 AR folders.

Grading AR


AR is 10% of the Reading grade. The point value varies depending on the amount of points in the reading grade for that 9 weeks.

This grade has 2 parts. They are as follows:


*1st Part – Goal

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.


*2nd Part – Comprehension

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.




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