How does Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader program work?


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Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader Program is a computer program that enables teachers and parents to closely monitor children's independent reading practice. Through the use of this system, adults can more effectively prescribe books at the appropriate level for each reader and track learners' comprehension of the materials they have read.

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Whether used as part of a school program or as an at-home reading intervention, the implementation of an Accelerated Reader program begins with the leveling of books. Using the AR Book Finder, parents and teachers can determine the difficulty level of each book in the home or classroom library. To facilitate easy selection of appropriately difficult books, many individuals organizing AR programs label the books with colored tabs to indicate the difficulty level.

The adult facilitating the program next must assess the readers' current levels. This can be done with the STAR Reading Test, which can be, but isn't always, included in the Renaissance Accelerated Reader package. In the absence of this test, parents or teachers can assess students' reading abilities by monitoring their success on Accelerated Reader quizzes as they start the program and gradually increase or decrease the level of difficulty of the learners' reading materials in response to performance on these assessments.

The next, and largest, step in using this program is allowing the children to select books at their appropriate levels, having them read the books, then following the reading with Accelerated Reader quizzes, which assess comprehension of the text.

To encourage learners to keep reading, many parents and teachers set reading goals for the students, asking them to earn a certain number of AR points over a set period of time.

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