Accelerated Reader Information for Parents
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a web-based program used at school for grades 1-8 to encourage reading. After completing an AR book, the student may take a quiz at school on a computer or iPad. This quiz will test the student’s comprehension of the book. Each book is worth a certain number of points, depending on the difficulty and length. If the student answers the majority of the questions correctly, he or she will earn AR points. The more AR books they read and the more quizzes they pass, the more AR points they receive.
How do I Know if a Book is in the Accelerated Reader Program?
You can look up any book on the AR Bookfinder. If the title is in the program, you will find a summary of the book, the interest level (IL), the book level (BL), and the number of points it is worth (AR pts.). Interest level refers to the approximate grade level the book appeals to; the book level refers to the difficulty level of the book.
Can I check my child’s progress in AR?
Yes, you can check your child’s progress by creating an account at the Renaissance Learning site. Click “I’m a Parent,” then “Request Parent/Guardian Access,” and fill in your necessary information. The request will be sent to the librarian, and Ms. Lizzie will send you an email with your new username and password.
How can I motivate my child to read?
Encourage your child to read books that interest and excite them! Allowing them to pick out their own book helps them to enjoy the activity of reading even more. AR points can be fun to gain, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that Sacred Heart of Jesus students love to read and explore books. Check out more tips here.
Email Librarian Lizzie Cossé if you have any questions!