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What is Renaissance Place AR?

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Renaissance Place is a web-based platform that extends the functionality of the educational products from Renaissance Learning, including Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Accelerated Math Fluency and STAR Assessments. Teachers, administrators, students and parents around the world, including one-third of schools in the United States, use Renaissance Place.

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Developed in 1984 by a Wisconsin mom, Accelerated Reader is a software program designed to get students more engaged in reading. Renaissance Place became part of the Renaissance Learning line-up in 2004. As of 2015, Renaissance Place supports Accelerated Reader 360, and its publisher regularly updates it with high-interest articles on a variety of topics. The platform also offers more than 160,000 books, including over 70,000 nonfiction titles, all with AR quizzes for independent reading practice.

Renaissance Place consists of classroom devices that support learning objectives, practice and progress monitoring in accelerated reading, accelerated math, accelerated math fluency and STAR assessments.

Accelerated reading essentially builds reading skills in nonfiction articles, with books and literature for practice reading. Renaissance Learning partners with respected content providers, such as National Public Radio and the Library of Congress. Teachers can browse by skill, such as determining an author's purpose or opinion.

Accelerated math provides comprehensive, goal-specific practice for students who require remedial math and those who are on or above grade level. The program is aligned to Common Core State Standards, and it automatically conveys immediate feedback to students, parents and teachers as students complete assignments. Accelerated math is the most widely used math program in schools, according to Renaissance.com.

Each program includes its own dashboard, where instructors can review collections of compound data about entire groups of students, overall progress and proximity to Common Core State Standards mastery.

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