What teachers need to know! Updated February 2017
Deadline to Meet AR Goals 3rd 9 Weeks is March 3
Teachers will know how to implement AR best practices including:
- Setting Goals - including ESE
- Testing Parameters
- Read Aloud Testing
- Printable Resources for Management
Accelerated Reader-School Policy 2016-2017
Team members: Shannon Ayrish, Lisa Degutis, Martha Devane, Jennifer Ledford, Dawn Caronna, Laura Simpson, Stephanie Bozard, and Sarah Edwards
Grade 1 - Teachers do not have to participate until quarter 2 but may begin in quarter 1 if they choose. Teachers in grade 1 can have the students take tests on books that are read to them for their goal until the student is able to read independently with success.
Grade 1-5 - Students will take the STAR test to determine the ZPD reading range. Teachers will use the ZPD to set the AR testing range and can extend the testing range on either side of the ZPD using teacher discretion. Teachers must enter the testing range into the program within two weeks of STAR testing. In addition, to ensure that students are testing within the appropriate level, teachers should set their testing levels under Preferences each time a testing range is changed.
The goal includes earning 100% of the points, averaging 85% correct or higher on all tests, and having the appropriate average book level. Point goals should be determined using the chart found in the AR program using the number of minutes of independent reading expected at the grade level. This is independent reading NOT when we are reading TO the students (If it is a class book that is read aloud, the teacher should raise the goal(s) the number of points the book is worth.).
Students may NOT use their books when taking the test. They MAY use sticky notes they have written on while reading the book. This is a good strategy to teach students, especially if they are reading non-fiction or a book at the top of their reading range.
There will be quarterly prizes or celebrations for students who have met all of the goals (points, average percent correct, and average book level).
ESE students- ESE students with an IEP which includes a reading goal can have the following accommodations:
- The average percent correct can be met at 80% (rather than 85%). The teacher can use discretion in lowering the book level to help students improve the percent correct.
- Students that have the accommodation of having items read to them, can have the questions of the AR quiz read to them. This means the quiz questions and answer choices, NOT the book itself.
- select the marking period
- change the test date under GE Test Date each time there are new STAR results. The goals will not be accurate if the test is not updated.
- Add points for Read Alouds, except first grade.
Setting Test Limits
- Within Accelerated Reader go to Preferences.
- Then go to Book Level at the bottom.
- At this screen select your class and hit Apply.
- Move the sliders to the range students should be testing.
- Finally click Save Changes.
- You can enter the admin password if you want to allow a student to test out of their range (like an SSYRA book).
Getting Results with Accelerated Reader
Home Connect: Parents and Students Check Their Progress
- What books are they reading?
- What is the Average Percent Correct?
- What are the total points earned?
- What is the Average Book Level (ATOS)?
Bingo for Bookworms March 8
Breakfast with Champion Readers
Students who meet their AR Goals will be invited to our Breakfast with Champion Readers event which will be held each morning January 9-13, 2016 from 8:25-8:45 during the morning news. Students will be awarded Reading Medals and enjoy donuts and juice. The top 3 students based on Comprehension, Points, and Reading Level in each grade level will be on the news.