The Accelerated Reader (AR) program at Ridgeview Elementary School continues to help students improve their reading comprehension and enjoyment.
All the students take a STAR360 reading test that is used to determine the reading level of each student. First-Fifth Grade students choose their own books that fall within their determined reading level and read them at their own pace. Kindergarten students may also participate depending on their reading readiness and teacher assessment. 6th - 8th grade students participate according to guidelines given by their Reading Language Arts teachers.
Students then take a short quiz on the computer working toward a goal set by their teacher using a formula based on the student's individual reading level.
STAR 360 TESTING
The STAR Test is designed to help find the reading level at which the student will most likely be successful. Students start by taking the STAR 360 test on the computer. Depending on student responses, the test will adjust itself to find the student's current reading level. After the test, the program will suggest a reading level or range for the student. The test will be given at the beginning of the school year for students in First through Eighth Grades and periodically through out the year to track student progress. Below is a sample question that might be seen on the test.
How Does the AR Program Work?
1. Select a book from the library Based on his/her individual interests and reading levels, your child chooses a book from thousands of Accelerated Reader titles.
2. Read the book Your child reads the book at his/her own pace.
3. Take an AR Quiz After reading an AR book, your child takes a computerized quiz. Quizzes consist of multiple choice comprehension questions from the book. The computer immediately scores the test, shows the number of correctly answered questions, and updates your child's record. Points are then awarded based on how well the student did. As the students earn points they get closer to reaching their AR goals that are set for each grading period (one for each regular 9 week grading period).
Students who reach 100% of their AR goals each grading period will have satisfactorily completed the following:
- have scored at least 80% correct on their AR quizzes
- have achieved their individual points goal (as set by classroom teacher)
- have read at their target book level (as set by classroom teacher)
Students who achieve 100% of their AR goals each grading period will get to participate in a special celebration hosted by their classroom teacher at the end of each grading period. Classroom teachers strive to make these celebrations unique and exciting for students to encourage them to read! read! read!
Students who reach 100% of their goal for all four grading periods will participate in a very special activity at the end of the year. First and Second grade students must achieve their goals for 3 out of the 4 grading periods to participate in the end of the year activity.
- At least twenty minutes of independent reading is given throughout the school day.
- Goals are based on this 20 minutes of reading. Goals are also based on the results of the STAR test and according to each child's reading ability.
- Goals are revised as needed and set for each grading period.
- Students need to maintain at least 80% accuracy on reading quizzes, read on their assigned book level and score their assigned number of points in order to reach 100% of their goal for each grading period.
- Only students who meet all aspects of their AR goals will get to participate in the grading period incentives.
- If a student uses his/her time wisely in the classroom and at home, reaching their goals will not be a problem.
- If your child takes his/her AR books home please make sure that they are returned to school the next day. We always remind students to put their library books in their backpack when they are not reading them. If the students will do this then their books will be at school when they need them.
How Can I Help My Child with AR?
Be encouraging to your child.
Continue to read to and with your child.
This reading time does not have to be just AR books. Ask your child questions about what he or she is reading.
Questions About AR
If you have questions or concerns about AR please talk with your child’s teacher first. If you still have questions or concerns please contact the Media Center Staff at Ridgeview. We are always here to help!
AR Grading Periods 2019-20
AR Period 1--August 12- October 3
AR Period 2--October 14- December 20
AR Period 3--January 6- March 13
AR Period 4--March 16- May 1