Elementary schools use Accelerated Reader tests, or AR tests, to track each student's reading progress. AR quizzes focus on the content of grade-level books, magazines and other media that the student has read. A student's test performance reflects her comprehension of the reading material.
Renaissance Learning, Inc. offers software and Web-based versions of the AR program. The elementary and high-school reading program assesses each student's reading level, then suggests reading-level appropriate books for the student to read. When the student finishes the book, she logs on to her AR account and takes the test based on that book. The quizzes have an optional feature that reads the questions aloud to assist students who are still learning English.
Teachers use the program to track their students' progress. The program generates reports for each of the students, providing information about the students' reading habits, reading comprehension, diagnostics and other statistics. Some teachers incorporate reward programs to encourage reading growth.
The AR BookFinder website helps students, teachers, librarians and parents find reading-level appropriate books with coordinating quizzes featured in the AR program. In addition to fiction and non-fiction books, the AR program also provides tests based on articles from Associated Press, Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, NASA, NPR and Youngzine publications.