Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Place is a Web-based program that tracks students' reading and assesses their reading comprehension. Students using this program complete post-reading quizzes to demonstrate their understanding of the reading material. The program allows teachers to track this data, giving them a tool for monitoring student progress.
Accelerated Reader is one of several programs offered by Renaissance Place. This program works in conjunction with a number of other Renaissance Place programs, but can also function in isolation.
To begin using Accelerated Reader, schools assess students' reading levels. They may do this using the STAR Literacy Assessment, also offered by Renaissance Place and available as an add-on to Accelerated Reader orders. In some implementations, schools elect to use existing data regarding students' reading abilities and forgo the purchase of the STAR Assessment. After determining each student's reading level, teachers prescribe at-level books. Upon book completion, students take book-specific quizzes. The system assigns students points based on the difficulty of their selected books and their quiz scores.
To purchase this program, schools must pay a one-time license fee. For yearly use, schools pay a per-student rate. The license fee and rate vary depending upon school size and other factors, such as multiple-product discounts.