Accelerated Reader

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    What is the Accelerated Reader Program?

    It is a online testing system which helps students increase their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Points are awarded based on the difficulty of reading level and the percentage of questions answered correctly.

    Students are limited to taking tests only at school between the hours of 8:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m (Pacific Standard Time). Test taking from home is not allowed.

    AR BOOK FINDER(click on this link to see if a book has an AR test)

    Home Connection(click on this link to see how you can follow your child's AR progress)

    AR Quiz Store (click on this link to suggest an AR test)

    How does AR work?

    At Woodside, your child's DRA score is used to determine the AR reading level (color dot) where your child will begin in the AR program. A kindergartner or first grade student is given this test when their teacher determines they are ready.

    Once a reading zone (color dot) is determined, a student begins choosing books with that colored dot on the spine to read. These may be library books, classroom books, or even books they have at home that have an AR test. You can use the AR Book FInder link above to check if there is an AR test for a certain book. After completion of reading a book at the student's level, the student takes a 5 to 20 question comprehension test on the computer to determine how well they understood that book. These books can be read to them; or with them as a shared reading experience; or independently. It is suggested that younger readers read a book three times before testing. Remember that a student is being tested on how well they comprehend what was read.

     

    AR Incentives

    We know that the incentive for reading in the AR program should be simply the joy of knowing that you read a good book and passed a test, but this is sometimes not enough for some readers. This is where the point system comes into the program. Each book in the AR program is given a certain amount of point value based on its reading level, interest level, length, etc. The program keeps track of how many points the student has earned that particular school year. The points range from .5 points for some of the beginning levels to60+ points for some of the classics. Weawardpoint club ribbonsas students move up in points.Primary students can get their first ribbon at 3 points. Intermediate students can get their first ribbon at 10 pints. In many classes, students are setting individual goals involving points and/or amount of reading time. For some, just the enjoyment of taking a test on the computer is enough motivation. However, the greatest results we see, and hopefully you do too, is our students' love of reading and the knowledge that they have achieved success, as well as improved their reading skills.