• Accelerated Reader Program K-12

    Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program. This guide is designed to answer your questionsabout AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or librarian, or visit theAccelerated 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 fi nished, your child takes a short quiz on thecomputer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, andlibrarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher orlibrarian then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoingreading practice.

    Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than havingone assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyableexperience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at anappropriate readability level that are challenging without beingfrustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz andexperience success.

    If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher or librarian

    mayhelp your child:

    • Choose another book that is more appropriate.

    • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before yourchild takes a quiz.

    • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.

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

    How much will my child read during the school day?

    According to research, children who read at least 35 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percentcorrect) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains.

    Therefore, your child should have at least 35 minutes set aside for reading during each school day.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 inyour 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 andask 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 lovingrelationship between you and your child. Make learning a family affair!