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1 Accelerated Reader STAR Reading Renaissance Place An Introduction

2 2 What Is Accelerated Reader? A software program (or tool) that helps you manage reading practice, monitor daily progress, and plan instruction.

3 3 Accelerated Reader’s Goals: Improve Reading Accelerate growth in reading ability Foster a love of reading in all students Enable daily (or weekly) monitoring of reading progress Improve test scores

4 4 Accelerated Reader: The Facts Uses short quizzes to check comprehension of books Stores data and provides reports on how much and how well students are reading Is used after a reading range is established Is part of a group of products available through Renaissance Place

5 5 STAR Reading: Create Reading Ranges What your child did last October! Computer based assessment of a student’s overall reading ability Identifies individual reading ranges Measures growth (administer 2-3 times a year) Students must have a 100-word sight vocabulary

6 6 STAR Reading Assessments Provide a quiet, non-disruptive environment to take assessment Question difficulty is based on previous answers (computer-adaptive) Results: Provides a grade-equivalent (GE) reading level and identifies a “ZPD” (Zone of Proximal Development) Provides a starting point (“broaden” range if < 85% on Reading Practice quizzes)

7 7 Using Accelerated Reader Use Accelerated Reader after STAR Reading assessments are complete Students select books appropriate for individual reading level and interests Students take quizzes within 24 hours of reading book

8 8 Accelerated Reader Quizzes Four types of quizzes Reading Practice (RP): 100,000+ quizzes Vocabulary Practice (VP): 8000+ quizzes Literacy Skills (LS): 7000+ quizzes Other Reading: We don’t have any All students must complete RP quiz for each book

9 9 AR Reading Practice Quizzes Quizzes are meant to see if book was read, not to pose difficult questions Goal for all students at HRS: 80% or better (“broaden” range if not meeting goal) Points are prorated based on % of quiz score; student who scores 80% earns 80% of point value of book. Students earn no points for a failed quiz. 5 or 10 question quizzes: 60% pass 20 question quizzes: 70% pass

10 10 More on Quizzes Quiz questions are the same for all students, but scrambled in order Students may not retake a RP quiz Teachers may delete RP quizzes Accelerated Reader keeps track of quiz scores, points earned and book levels

11 11 Choosing Books Visual Short description Advanced Search options Collections (award winners, state lists, etc)

12 12 Book & Interest Levels Book Level indicates text difficulty -- not appropriateness Interest Level relates to content and appropriateness LG = lower grades, K-3 MG = middle grades, 4-8 UG = upper grades, 9-12 Choose a lower Book Level and a higher Interest Level for struggling students

13 13 Points Measure Practice Book Level TitleInterest Level Points 4.0The Poky Little PuppyLG.5 4.0Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers MG1.0 4.0The Color PurpleUG9.0

14 14 Managing Goals for Students Review progress weekly using Diagnostic report (see instructions) 100% does not mean it’s too easy If 100% 3x or more at top of range, broaden range up, if <85% 2 or more times broaden range down We want to see the zone move up throughout the year! During reading time allow students to read or take quizzes

15 15 Quiz Guidelines for Students Don’t rush through quiz; read the question twice and ALL four answer choices Review info on print out (TOPS) with students Don’t refer to the book (post-it chapter summaries acceptable for some students) Review Code of Ethics

16 16 Taking Quizzes Take RP quizzes at home or school; see Take quizzes within 24 hours of reading book (as soon as possible) Take quizzes on ALL books read (Read With, Read To, Read Independently) Turn print out into teacher (optional)

17 17 The Parent’s Role Create time for reading practice at home (before bed, 15 minutes of reading) Provide access to books in library, bookstores, share books with friends Guide and motivate daily reading (check-in) Use reports to monitor progress and give feedback (have your child print out reports) Provide motivation (positive, limits, incentive)

18 18 Practice Reading Every Day Students need to improve reading stamina as well as reading ability Lots of ways to count the reading in AR! Read With: mom, dad, cousin, aunt, sister Read To: teacher, parent, siblings Read Independently: student reads alone

19 19 Reading Truths Top performers read 144 times more than readers who perform at the lowest levels Practice must be in appropriate materials Improvements to reading impact all curriculum areas

20 20 Reading Truths Find books https://arbookfind.com Take a quiz at

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