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Accelerated Reader (AR)

AR Information
The Accelerated Reading Program is open for students 1st-6th grade. Students may take AR quizzes in the classroom (on laptop computers), in the computer lab (with teacher permission), and in the library (with teacher permission) after their classwork is completed.
(1st Grade students will start AR in January)


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What Is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child
picks a book at his or her own level and reads at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the
computer. Passing the quiz indicates that your child understood what was read. AR gives both children and teachers
feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much
more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help your child
choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can
pass the quiz and experience success.
If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may:
• Help your child choose another book that is more appropriate.
• Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.
• Pair your child with another student.
• Have the book read to your child.
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels,
they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

What is an ATOS book level?
What is an ATOS book level?
Book levels are reported using the ATOS™ readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For example, an ATOS
book level of 4.5 means that the text could likely be read by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth
grader during the fifth month of school.

What are points?
Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of
the book (ATOS readability level) and the length of the book (number of words).
For example, the Berenstain Bears books, which are about 1,000 words long and have an average ATOS book level of 3.5,
are 0.5-point books. Hank the Cowdog, which is about 23,000 words long and has an average ATOS book level of 4.5, is a
3-point book. The Sun Also Rises, about 70,000 words long and at an ATOS book level of 4.4, is a 10-point book. Children
earn points, or a portion of a book’s points, depending on how well they do on the Reading Practice Quiz. For example, a
child who takes a 5-question quiz on a book worth 1 point will earn 1 point for 5 correct answers (100 %), 0.8 point for 4
correct answers (80%), etc. A child who reads a book worth 5 points and takes a 10-question quiz will earn 5 points for 10
correct answers (100%), 4.5 points for 9 correct answers (90%), etc. A child needs to pass a quiz with a score of 60% or
higher to earn points.

Accelerated Reader is a very expensive program. We would like to thank Dr. Jon Wheeler, D.D.S for sponsoring this program for Timber Creek Elementary!!!