Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader or AR is a computer program that allows teachers to monitor students' independent reading practice and comprehension.  At Robinson Elementary, all of our books with AR quizzes have a yellow label on the spine that has the Lexile Measure and point value of the book.

Students in 2nd through 5th grade independently take reading comprehension tests on books they have read.  They earn points depending on how many points the book is worth and how well they perform on the quiz.  Each teacher and grade level determines the goals and policies for AR for their grade.  First grade students may begin taking AR quizzes during the second half of the school year.

What is AR?
AR stands for Accelerated Reader.  Accelerated Reader or AR is a computer program that allows teachers to monitor students' independent reading practice and comprehension. 

How is my child's reading level determined?
Your child receives a reading level range after taking the READS test.  This is the range of books that will challenge your child without causing frustration or loss of motivation.

How is my child's point goal determined?
Individual goals are made for each student.  Factors that go into determining your child's AR goal includes their AR level, how many minutes your child should be reading a day, and the length of time your child has to complete the goal.

How are Lexile Measures determined for books?
Lexiles Measures are determined by the MetaMetrics company.  MetaMetrics determines a text's Lexile Measure based on several different factors.  

How are AR points determined for books?
AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book and the length of the book (number of words).

Accelerated Reader Home Connect‚Äč

Accelerated Reader Home Connect is a website for parents to use to access their child's Accelerated Reader account from home.  Home Connect letters are sent home with students at the beginning of the year.  The letter includes information about how AR Home Connect works, the web address, and your child's username and password.  The web address for AR Home Connect is https://hosted339.renlearn.com/737218/homeconnect/   This website will allow you to use your child's username and password to log in to the website and view their AR account.  From this site you will be able to see which books your child has taken a test on, the date the test was completed, and the score your child received on the quiz.  Your child will not be able to take AR quizzes from this website at home.  Students are only allowed to take AR quizzes from school computers.

If you ever have any questions about AR and your child's success with AR please feel free to contact me, Rebecca Madsen, or your child's teacher and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.

AR Book Finder

You might pick up a book at home or at the book store and wonder if there is an AR quiz available for the book and if so what level it is.  Well, there is an easy way to figure that out.  There is a website called AR Book Find http://www.arbookfind.com/ that will allow you to look up books and see if there is an AR quiz available and if so what level it is.

There is an advanced search feature on this website that is a great resource.  If you click on the advanced search tab at the top of the page it will allow you to enter your child's interest level, which would be the grade your child is in, and their Lexile level (select Show Lexile Measure to enter your child's Lexile range).  Once you have that information entered you may search for books based on topic and subtopic.  For example, if I enter an interest level and Lexile Measure range and then select animals in the topic menu and then alligators in the subtopic menu then the website will pull all of the books on the level I am looking for that are about alligators that have an AR quiz available.  You can then look for these books in our library or at the public library.

* Our library does not have all of the books that are available on the AR Book Find website.