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Accelerated Reader Frequently Asked Questions
What is Accelerated Reader? o “Accelerated Reader is designed to be part of a comprehensive reading program. It does not replace basalreader series or other instructional materials; rather, it supports and enhances them. ” (www. renlearn. com)
What is the purpose? o Encourages students to practice reading in order to become better readers. o Allows teachers to monitor student practice and make adjustments as needed.
How does it work? o Students take the STAR test to determine reading level and point goal o Then they choose books within the reading range, read them, fill out the reading log, and then take a quiz on the computer. o Students read 20 minutes during social studies each day and should read 25 minutes at home each night.
Why do we need it? o Some students need the motivation of having a goal to meet to get them to read. o Other students might be motivated but struggle with comprehension or finding books that are best suited for them. o AR can be incentive those who need a little push and the diagnostic tool that helps those who are struggling to get what they need.
What are the key components? o STAR test -students read passages on the computer and select the word that completes the sentences. -used for diagnostic purposes only -helps to determine a starting point for choosing books
o Grade Equivalent (GE) -this is the score based solely on the STAR test -not an exact measure of grade level
o Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) -the range of book levels students should be selecting -the higher the GE, the wider the range of ZPD -choosing books too low aren’t challenging enough -choosing books too high might be too frustrating
o Point goals -Typically between 11 and 56 points per nine weeks -each goal is based on GE and designed to be an individual challenge for that student
How can parents help? o Make sure students are reading every night o Ask students to provide a reading log for a signature o Help students select appropriate level books o Remind students to take quizzes as soon as they finish the book
How to utilize Bogle’s website o www. boglebulldogs. com o Can search books by author, title, reading level, and point value o Can print copy of reading log