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    Accelerated Reader is an online program that has children read books based on their reading level determined by the Acceleerated Reader STAR Assessment.  Each teacher has different criteria for their class goals and procedures.  Please check with your child's teacher.  If you need to check on a book you have at home or at the library, you can check the AR Level using. 

     Need an AR book but can't get to the library?  Try these online AR books from Tumblebooks!  Go to the Index and sort by AR level and you will be able to see all titles that have AR quizzes. 


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     What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
    AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
    What is a STAR Reading™ test?

    STAR Reading is a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes. 

     What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

     In independent literature-based reading, ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading test, or teachers and librarians can use their best professional judgment to determine a ZPD. The ZPD and the GE (Grade Equivalent) score from the STAR Reading test will show up in Accelerated Reader, making it easier for teachers and librarians to set goals for students. It’s important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPDs. ZPDs should be adjusted based on the needs of your child. 

     What is an ATOS™ book level?

    Book levels are reported using the ATOS readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For example, an ATOS book level of 4.5 means that the text could likely be read by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader during the fifth month of school.