Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated-ReaderAccelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool that Saint Mark Lutheran School uses to monitor and manage student’s independent reading.

AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student’s independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult to cause frustration.

In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.

The 5 steps to reading success with Accelerated Reader:

  • Determine reading level. First, teachers determine student reading levels by using the STAR Reading™ test, a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. This assessment provides information on a student’s overall reading ability and suggests a range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”, or ZPD. An entire class can be screened in approximately 15 minutes.
  • Set practice goals. Teachers then work with each student to set individualized reading goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty.
  • Personalize practice. Personalized reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR BookFinder. makes it easy to find the perfect book.
  • Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs, and tablets.
  • Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool that Saint Mark Lutheran School uses to monitor and manage student’s independent reading.

For additional information, please visit the Accelerated Reader parent information webpage.