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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a supplementary reading program, that helps us build a reading culture throughout our school and helps make reading practice more effective for every Blackwell student.

Overall Program Facts:

Accelerated Reader (AR) helps us:

  • Make essential reading practice more effective for our students.
  • Personalize reading practice to a student’s current range.
  • Address three reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently.
  • Collect data on students’ reading with book-specific quizzes.
  • Foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
  • Supplement our primary reading program of McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders

Other details:

  • There is consensus among organizations charged with evaluating educational products that Accelerated Reader is fully supported by scientifically based research.
  • AR is a web-based, parent supported program. Prior to moving to the web-based program, the school struggled with keeping a current library of quiz titles available to our students. Along with the PTSA’s support, the school made an initial move to the web-based product for the 2009-2010 school year. Starting that year and moving forward, the cost of the program is supported by voluntary fees.

Most of our library books are AR and many of them have been labeled so that students can easily identify the books and find the reading level. You may search for AR titles by using our Follett Library Catalog, by using either the "Visual Search" or "Power" search tools. Students will also find AR books in their classroom collections, home collections, and at a King County Library.

Visit AR BookFinder to search for available titles . http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx

Blackwell - Common Agreements

Overview:

K: AR is used as a supplement for reader above grade level in reading / comprehension.

1: AR is an optional tool to increase independent reading ability. It provides a basic comprehension check for independent reading skills.

2: Second grade does not participate in AR.

3: AR is used as a supplemental program in Mr. Egawa's class and it is not taken into account for grades. It is a tool for monitoring reading comprehension and progress.

4: AR is used as a supplemental and enrichment reading program to promote the growth of independent reading through the setting and monitoring of individualized student reading goals.

5: AR is a supplement to the core reading curriculum. Student participation is individualized according to needs, reading level, and interest, and is required as one part of the reading grade.

Teacher Role Student Role Family Support Role

K

*Give Star reading assessment

*Students with a score of 2.0 or higher will be placed in the program

*AR results will be sent to parents electronically

*Choose and read appropriate level books at home

*Bring book titles to school for testing

*Take AR quizzes at school

*Choose appropriate level books with child

*Send in book titles for testing

*Review results

1

*Give Star reading assessment

*Participation based on reading ability and independent navigation of the program

*Provide instruction to student and parent

*Manage AR data

*Read books at home within given level

*Bring quiz request forms to school

*Take AR quizzes at school

*Provide appropriate AR books for child

*Complete quiz request form

2

*Give Star reading assessment *Participation based on reading ability and independent navigation of the program *Provide instruction to student and parent *Manage AR data

*Read books at home within given level

*Bring quiz request forms to school *Take AR quizzes at school

*Provide appropriate AR books for child *Complete quiz request form

3

*Give Star reading assessment

*Goal set with each child

*Monitor AR tests

*Provide reports to parents

*Take AR quiz for Wonders stories (if available) & read aloud

*Take AR quizzes for other book titles

*Provide a quiet place for reading

*Have regular conversations about reading

*Review AR reports and progress

4

*Give Star reading assessment

*Assign and monitor daily

*Set guidelines and expectations for students and parents

*Collect data and monitor progress

*Use the AR ZPD to choose books at level

*Read regularly to meet goal

*Read both fiction & non-fiction

*Develop better reading skills

*Communicate progress and needs to teacher and parents

*Monitor home reading

*Help select appropriate reading material

*Set up an AR Home Connect account to monitor progress

*Model & support good reading habits

*Communicate needs with student and teacher

5

*Give Star reading assessment

*Help students set goals

*Utilize diagnostic tools

*Provide quiz taking time

*Monitor student progress

*Encourage variety of genres

*Set reading goals

*Monitor progress toward goal

*Take quizzes

*Be knowledgeable of student goals

*Support student’s independent reading

*Support reading a variety of genres