AR is set up for test taking at school only.
For parents wanting to access AR reports from home, click HERE.
THE PURPOSE AND INTENDED USE OF
As a progress-monitoring system that promotes guided independent reading practice, Accelerated Reader software serves three primary purposes:
• AR provides quick and accurate assessments of whether students have read and understood trade books that they have selected and textbook passages that have been assigned to them.
• It assigns point values for each AR Reading Practice Quiz taken. Point values are a factor of book level and performance on quizzes. Points accumulate during the school year, and are a way for teachers to monitor students’ reading volume.
• The system tracks student performance on AR quizzes over time.
AR provides a way for educators to monitor and guide reading practice and ensure success for their students through goal setting.
Development of ATOS
*One of the biggest mistakes educators and parents make is denying a child a book because it "is beneath their reading level". Please keep in mind that the higher a student's ATOS level, the more difficult it becomes to place them with an "age appropriate" title.
This is especially true in elementary school. ATOS levels are just guides to make sure students don't struggle with what they are reading. Renaissance Learning, the founders of Accelerated Reader, want children to enjoy ALL literature that was meant for children to read. By no means do they want children to exclude exceptional literature from their reading choices merely because the child is reading above the text's level.
An example is Al Capone Does My Shirts. This book has a 3.5 ATOS level, but its intended audience is grades 5 and up. Many 5th grade students may never read this book because parents or educators would tell them the book is below their level. The irony is that this book should NEVER be read by a student under 5th
grade because of its content. If you have a good reader in your home, encourage them to read all juvenile literature!