The school uses a program from Renaissance Learning called Accelerated Reader (AR). Students know their AR level and can use this to find and read level-appropriate books. AR includes the following components that are used by students and teachers.
The STAR test is designed to identify a student’s grade-equivalent reading level and instructional reading level. It is done on a computer and takes about 20 minutes. Teachers use the results to monitor student’s reading progress and growth. STAR tests are also used in the Literacy Focus Program for students in Comprehension groups.
Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes are available on fiction and non-fiction books, textbooks, supplemental materials, and magazines. Books in the library are labeled with an AR level so students can choose level-appropriate books. Each book is also worth a certain amount of points. Students can take a quiz once they have read a book and earn points toward a reading goal.
Reports are generated on demand to help students, teachers, and parents monitor student progress. Reports are available regarding student reading, comprehension, amount of reading, diagnostic information, and other variables.