Accelerated Reader Program

What Is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader LogoAccelerated Reader (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 or her own level and reads at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing a quiz indicates that your child understood what was read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher and librarian then use to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers, librarians and parents help the 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. Parents can access from home and search the catalog for appropriate books for their child to read.

For each Accelerated Reader book they read, the students take a quiz--either in their classroom or during their class library period-- which is tracked within AR program. For quizzes with 10 questions, 85% is considered passing. For quizzes with more than 10 questions, 85% is the lowest acceptable score. If they score below those percentages, that book does not count toward the point designation determined by their teacher.

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.
  • Have the book read to your child.

In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

What Is the ATOS Book Level?

Using the Star Reader Tool, your child will be tested each quarter and given a reading comfort zone, also referred to as an ATOS Book Level. Your child will then be given a set goal of points to earn by his or her teacher each quarter. All students are expected to read within their reading comfort zone. Book level represents the difficulty of the text and is determined using the ATOS readability formula. For example, a book level of 4.5 means the text could likely be read independently by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader in the fifth month of school. the content of the book, however, may or may not be appropriate. The Interest Level will give you a recommendation regarding the appropriateness of the content.

What Is the Interest Level?

The interest level attached to the book indicates age group appropriateness. Interest level is based on a book’s content including theme, characterization, and plot. The interest levels are based on the recommendations of the publisher and /or literary book reviews by professional organizations. However, the final decision on whether the content of a book is apprpriate for a particular child is left to parents, school librarians, and teachers.

To help you choose the books most appropriate for your children, AR quizzes are divided into four interest levels:

  • LG (Lower Grades, K-3)
  • MG (Middle Grades, 4-8)
  • MG+ (Middle Grades, 6th and up)
  • UG (Upper Grades, 9-12)

It is important to note that more literature for elementary school children is written below the 8.0 book level. Nonfiction books are usually a little higher because of specialized terminology. Classic novels may be higher because of vocabulary that is more formal than the vernacular language of today.

Our school library has young adult books in many levels for our Junior High students. The subject matter or plot of those books may be more gritty than appropriate for a younger student with a high reading range. The librarian has tried to list books appropriate for your child’s age. If you feel something is inappropriate for your child, please let him or her know. Then, please let the librarian know and she will attach an electronic note to our computerized circulation program.

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