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How does Accelerated Reader testing work?

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As part of the Accelerated Reader program, students read a book of their choice and then take a brief comprehension quiz. The results of these quizzes provide insight for students, teachers and librarians who then set goals and give directions for each student's reading plan.

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How does Accelerated Reader testing work?
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STAR Reading Tests are also used by the Accelerated Reading program to determine a child's reading level. STAR Reading Tests are computerized reading assessments that use computer-adaptive technology. As students take the test, the questions adjust according to right and wrong answers. If a student answers a questions correctly, the next question is harder. If a student answers incorrectly, the next question is easier, according to the Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader.

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians monitor a child's independent reading progress. According to Renaissance Learning, quiz feedback helps teachers and librarians guide students toward books with an appropriate readability level so that the experience of reading is more enjoyable and less frustrating. If a student doesn't do well on a quiz, teachers take steps to help ensure a child's future success, such as asking more probing questions during reading or pairing a child with another student.

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