(AR) Accelerated Reader

  • (AR) Accelerated Reader

    The Buckeye Union School District uses the Accelerated Reader (AR) program with all levels of readers as a means to motivate, monitor, and manage students’ independent reading practice.  Two key features of the program are that students read books that are challenging, but not frustrating and they receive frequent feedback about their progress which motivates them to continue reading. 

    Accelerated Reader has evaluated thousands of books assigning a reading level, interest level, and point value to each title and they continue to evaluate more books each day.  You can learn more about the program from this Video and Slideshow.  Buckeye Union School District has a large number of AR books in their school libraries, but you will also find AR books in our County libraries as well as through various book vendors if you choose to purchase titles for your child.

    By visiting AR Book Finder you and your child can: 

    • Determine a book’s reading level, interest level, and/or point value.

    • Search for titles at the appropriate reading level for your child that he or she will find interesting and enjoyable.

    • See what books have been popular with your child’s peers by clicking on “Collections”, then “What Students are Reading” and then selecting your student’s grade level.

    By visiting the AR Parent/Student Portal you and your child can:

    • View the child’s reading level.

    • See what books they have already read.

    • Review scores they have received on quizzes. 

    Also, through this portal, a parent or guardian can arrange to be notified each time their student takes a quiz so that you can congratulate them on their success and encourage them to continue taking quizzes as soon as they finish a book. Please be aware that students cannot take quizzes through the home portal, they must take quizzes at school.  Parents/Guardians should receive a letter from their student’s teacher providing login information for this portal.

    The AR program involves the following steps:

    1. Students periodically take an online test (called STAR Reading - not to be confused with the state assessment).  This test determines a reading level range that is most appropriate for the student taking the assessment.

    2. With teacher assistance, students then set a personal goal for the number of points they plan to acquire over a specific time period.  Many of the books available to students have been examined by AR representatives and have been assigned a point value according to the length and difficulty of the book.  Books are also categorized by reading level (difficulty of text) and interest level (age group appropriateness based on theme, characterization, and plot).

    3. Students will select books to read based on reading level, interest level, and point value.  Once they have finished the book, they will take an online quiz that specifically addresses the content of the book they have read.  It is very important that students put forth their best effort the first time they take a quiz because they cannot retake the quiz.  Students acquire points by successfully completing quizzes.

    How else can you help your student become a better reader?

    • Read with your child.

    • Start a home library.

    • Ask questions about the books your child has read.

    When you make learning a family affair, there’s no limit to the success your child can achieve!