What's AR?

  • The Accelerated Reader program (AR) is a wonderful reading program that encourages even the most reluctant of readers to read. Every student in the class took the STAR test. This test is administered in the beginning of every marking period and sometimes at the very end of the school year, so just about 4 times a year. Based on the STAR test, books on a specific reading level is recommended for your child; and it's all color coordinated at the school library. Ideally, the recommended reading level will challenge your child just enough to encourage them to continue to read while still increasing their reading speed and comprehension skills. Let's say your child received a score of 3.5 (GE). This means that it’s recommended that your child reads books with a reading level of 2.8 – 4.0. Of course, they can read books on a higher reading level. What’s important is that they understand and retain what they read.

     For just about every book there is a test. Every test taken earns your child points. A regular picture book is worth about 0.5 points, and a Judy Moody book is worth 1 point, provided your child scores 100%. A lower score will yield slightly fewer points.

     This is exciting news for your child! Every child has a goal. This first goal period (corresponds with marking periods), most students have to earn about 15 points. At the end of the goal period there is a celebration for those students who reached their goal!! Your child's progress can be monitored online.

     Unfortunately, tests may only be taken at school. However, a link to website is on the "link" page. You may log in to view your child’s progress. Just click on it and have your child show you the rest. Every child has a username and a password. Most students know their username and password but in case they don't, let me know.

     Please encourage your child to read...a lot! Have him/her share what they learned with the rest of the family. This makes for great dinner conversations!

     Thank you for your support and please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.