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What Is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. A child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which are then used to help the child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
What Is the Rationale for its Use?
Using Accelerated Reader, a child will choose the books he wants to read. The teacher or librarian will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, the child should do well on the AR Reading Practice Quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage the child to read more. With guidance from the teacher or librarian, and success, even students who say they don’t like reading will develop a love of reading.
What Is a STAR Reading test?
STAR Reading is a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to the 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.
What Is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?
In independent literature-based reading, ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. The child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading test. The ZPD and the GE (Grade Equivalent) score from the STAR Reading test will show up in Accelerated Reader. It’s important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPDs.
What Is an ATOS™ Book Level?
Book levels are reported using the ATOS readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For example, an ATOS book level of 4.5 means that the text could likely be read by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader during the fifth month of school.
What Are Lexile Measures?
A Lexile measure represents a student’s level on a developmental scale of reading ability—the Lexile scale. In contrast, a grade equivalent represents a student’s ability level in comparison to students who were in the specific test’s norming group. The Lexile Framework for Reading is another formula to report book and reading levels.
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).
How Are Accelerated Reader Point Goals Set?
AR determines the number of points children should be able to earn depending on how much time they read and their reading levels.
What Is a Quiz?
Reading Practice Quizzes are the most common type of assessment in AR. The purpose of these quizzes is to determine whether the child has read a book, to measure literal comprehension of the book, and to provide immediate feedback. Each Reading Practice Quiz consists of 3, 5, 10, or 20 multiple-choice questions depending on book level and length.
Students must read books within their ZPDs.
Quizzes must be taken independently.
Students may not take quizzes on titles below their ZPDs.
Books may be used to type the title/author of the quiz only.
Students may not search the book for answers while taking the quiz.
Students are only allowed to take a quiz once on any book. Retakes are not allowed.
AR Rewards/ Incentives
Each student who has met his/her point goal will receive a prize.
The homeroom class on each grade level with the most points will have a party in the Media Center (e.g. ice cream, pizza, movie + popcorn, dance).
At year end, the student on each grade level with the most points will receive a special prize.
If the entire school’s points total a certain amount (TBD) the Principal Mr. Wright has agreed to do something very embarrassing for him/amusing for us.