Accelerated Reader

A computer-based program to monitor reading practice and progress.

Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that schools may use to monitor reading practice and progress.

AR helps teachers track students’ independent practice and progress with reading.The program doesn’t teach reading skills and strategies. It’s intended to encourage kids to read independently, at their own level and pace.

The idea behind AR is that kids enjoy reading more when they can select their own books. Teachers use these quizzes to track each student’s progress and set appropriate goals for each child.

We introduced Accelerated Reader to children in the middle to senior classes last year. We were very pleased with its success, so this year we will be continuing with it for children from 2nd to 6th class.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. The child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their 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 the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children 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.

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.. Make learning a family affair!

What if my child doesn’t like reading?
Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books he/she wants to read. The teacher will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the AR Reading Practice Quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher, even students who say they don’t like reading will develop a love of reading.

Will my child have to read a book I don’t want him/her to read?
No. There are many, many choices of books at your child’s level. Your child will never be forced to read a book you find questionable.

I’m concerned that my child will be unfairly compared to others.
Then you’ll really like AR because it helps the teacher work with each child individually. Students using AR are encouraged to progress at their own pace and set their own goals with the help of the teacher. The aim of AR is for all children to succeed in achieving their goals.