What is Accelerated Reading?


Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ reading practice. A student picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the student understood what he/she has read.) AR gives both student and teacher feedback based on the quiz results that the teacher uses to help the student set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience.

Teachers and librarians working with AR help your child choose books that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and be successful.

If a student does not do well on the quiz, he/she gets help from the teacher or librarian, who might help the student choose a book he/she can read more successfully, have the child read with others, or even have the book read to the child.

Children really enjoy taking the quizzes-in most cases, they can’t wait. With their teacher’s help, students set goals for themselves and achieve them. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

In our Media Center we have over 140,000 AR tests that they can take. We something for everybody. If you have any further questions about the AR program, please contact your child’s teacher.