What is Accelerated Reader?
As explained by Renaissance Learning, parent company of Accelerated Reader: “AR is a computer program that helps teachers 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 finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers 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.
Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help him:
- Choose another book that is more appropriate.
- Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before he takes a quiz.
- Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.
Accelerated Reader Links
Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader
Using Renaissance Home Connect, you may view your child’s Accelerated Reader progress from home, and even sign up to receive an e-mail when a he/she takes a quiz!
You can also AR Book Finder to check book titles for possible AR quizzes or point and book level information
- Gale Database
- Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees
- Children’s Crown/Children’s Crown Gallery Awards
- Scholastic Book Fairs
- Mesquite Public Library Online Catalog
- Garland Public Library Online Catalog
- Rockwall County Library Online Catalog
- Rowlett Public Library Online Catalog
- Dallas Public Library Online Catalog
- Library of Congress
- Follett Destiny Search