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Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader™
As a student at Western Elementary School, your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program. This guide is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or librarian, or visit the Accelerated Reader website at www.renlearn.com/ar.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own 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 was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher or librarian then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher or librarian may help your child:
- Choose another book that is more appropriate.
- Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.
- Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.
How can I help my child become a better reader?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a loving relationship between you and your child. Make learning a family affair! According to research, children who read at least 35 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percent correct) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains.
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).
For example, the Berenstain Bears books, which are about 1,000 words long and have an average ATOS book level of 3.5, are 0.5-point books. Hank the Cowdog, which is about 23,000 words long and has an average ATOS book level of 4.5, is a 3-point book. The Sun Also Rises, about 70,000 words long and at an ATOS book level of 4.4, is a 10-point book. Children earn points, or a portion of a book’s points, depending on how well they do on the Reading Practice Quiz. For example, a child who takes a 5-question quiz on a book worth 1 point will earn 1 point for 5 correct answers (100 %), 0.8 point for 4 correct answers (80%). A child who reads a book worth 5 points and takes a 10-question quiz will earn 5 points for 10 correct answers (100%), 4.5 points for 9 correct answers (90%), etc. A child needs to pass a quiz with a score of 70% or higher to earn points.
Are there rewards for points?
Students who meet their teacher assigned goal participate in a 9 weeks reward. Examples of these 9 weeks rewards are extra recess, board game day, AR carnival.
The AR Store is the reward for meeting the last 9 weeks goal. Students choose various prizes based on the total points they earned that school year.
Students also earn incremental awards as shown below.
10 pts: a chain and a 10 pt tag
25 pts: 25 pt tag
50 pts: 50 pt tag
75 pts: 75 pt tag
100 pts: 100 pt tag and t shirt
200 pts: 200 pt tag and button
300 pts: 300 pt tag and medal
400 pts: 400 pt tag and trophy
500 pts: 500 pt tag and book
750pts: pizza lunch with one friend
1000pts: pizza lunch with two friends, book, sign on marquee, signs around school.
How many Accelerated Reader quizzes are there?
There are over 152,000 AR quizzes available.
How will I know if a book has an AR quiz?
You can visit the AR BookFinder™ at arbookfind.com to conduct a search of all available books with AR quizzes.
How will my child take a quiz?
Students can take Accelerated Reader quizzes at school on the computer. Quizzing from home is not permitted.
How will I know how my child is doing?
You can access your child’s AR information in
Renaissance Home Connect™ from a computer with web access.. Once in the program, you can view your child’s progress toward goals, points, and books read. You can also access AR BookFinder to search for titles of interest. You can only access information about your child for the current year. Previous year’s points and books are not listed.
Your log in is your child’s AR username and Password. Contact your child’s teacher if your child cannot remember that information.