Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer designed reading program which is used
to test your child's comprehension level of books or stories he or she has
At the beginning of the each semester, every student will be given a S.T.A.R.
reading placement test. This computerized test will give each child
in our class an individualized reading range. Students will use this reading
range to select AR books from the library or classroom. A student will be
required to read and test within his or her own reading range. The
Accelerated Reading program is designed to lock children out of tests out of
their reading range, and tests previously taken.
Once your child reads an Accelerated Reader book, he or she may test on it.
Testing may be done on the classroom computer or the computer on wheels (COW)
Following the test, the computer will display the percentage of questions
answered correctly. A score of 70% or better is considered passing.
Periodically, a printout of the books read and tests taken will be included
with you child's progress report.
Students will be required to test on and pass one AR chapter book each month.
In addition, your student will be given 10 additional points for reading 2
non-fiction books at their level each month. See the "Reading" section of
this website for the particular genre or topics for each month.
To determine if a book has a corresponding test in our data base or to check
for the reading level of a book, log on to the address below and search
for your title. This link available on this website as well as the Pioneer
Students will also be required to submit one written report on a nonfiction
book per month. An easy way to fullfill this assignment is to use the
computer-aided writing lesson found at the Schools for Champions website.
Thank you for your support with this program. Encourage your child to