ar-the_basics_on_ar by dandanhuanghuang


FRUITLAND -–Please note that this is an historical review
and is subject t0 change each year!


Accelerated Reader is an integral part of the curriculum here at
Fruitland for a number of reasons. First, Fruitland staff members
are convinced that this supplementary reading program motivates
students to practice their reading on a regular basis at a level,
shown by research, to increase reading proficiency. Secondly,
teachers are able to individualize for each student’s needs and more
accurately monitor their reading progress. Thirdly, students set
goals, are reinforced through immediate feedback, and become
more responsible for their own achievement. It is our belief that,
through this program, we can help to create life-long readers for
the twenty-first century.


AR is a computerized reading management program beginning its
fourteenth year here at Fruitland. It is simple. Students select a
book, read it, and take the quiz for it in the classroom. The quizzes
range from 5 to 20 questions depending on story complexity.
Students are allowed to use their books to answer questions ONLY
if the book is non-fiction (true) because the content sources are
generally more difficult. Students will earn points determined on
their score. At Fruitland, we encourage and aim for a quality score
of 85% or better on each quiz. The AR Program will award students
points for attaining 60% or better (ie., 60% of a 10 point book= 6
points.) Readers must make sure that Fruitland has the quiz for the
book. All Fruitland Library books are marked and easily located. For
additional books from other libraries/bookstores/ personal libraries
students may access the Fruitland website. They will find a
QUIZLIST resource tab that can provide information regarding
quiz availability. Occasionally, students are allowed to fill out an
Exception Book Report in order to earn points if we do not have a
quiz for the book they read. This must be met with
teacher/librarian approval. Teachers access a variety of reports
that will provide many details for monitoring and providing support
as a means to accelerate each child in their reading progress.


Students are reading more than ever before! Library circulation is
out of sight! Students recommend books to each other. They are
excited about their reading and their success. Students set goals
and work to reach them! Teachers have access to ways of
monitoring reading progress.
--We have over 9,500 quizzes.
--PTA has supported us with grants over $30,000.
--AR was piloted in the spring of 1997.
--From 1998-2011 points earned have climbed from 36,000 points to
64,000 in one school year! What this computes to is that our
students (mostly 2-6th graders) read 128,000 picture books or 64,000
one point chapter books last year!
--Students read consistently at 85% quality!
--68 students have earned over 1, 000 points during their AR career!
--6 students have warned over 2,000 points during their AR career!
--There are a few students at this time attempting to reach 3,000
--All 2-6 graders are expected to participate in AR. Many K-1st
graders do participate; usually with parental/teacher

Better known as “the ZPD” this range is determined by the
student’s results from taking the STAR test. It is only one tool, but
it is a starting place. We ask students to read and quiz within this
range to start “somewhere.” If the child is reading a non-fiction AR
book, it is suggested that they drop one-full level as non-fiction is
usually more difficult to retain. Students will have hundreds of
books to choose from. The zone is designed to focus students to
choices where they will find success and also be challenged.
Utilizing the ZPD will accelerate students’ reading achievement.
Teachers monitor quiz results and may modify the ZPD to ensure
success. If a student starts a series “in their zone” they may go
“outside of their zone” to complete the series. The same exception
is made for a particular author. In addition, extremely popular titles
are accepted as well no matter what the zone. Our Fruitland
Library is configured to meet the needs of students as they access
books in their ZPD.


Teachers in grades 2-6 expect students to practice their reading.
AR supports this. Grade levels set their consistent expectations
and although grades are not determined from AR, they assist
teachers in evaluation and assigning scores. Several of the EALRs
even relate to the use of AR and may be used in a supplemental way.


We have worked hard at creating a fun learning environment
through the use of Accelerated Reader! Over the last fourteen
years, we have tried many interesting activities. The most current
ones are: (These are always subject to change!)
Prize Store
 Point Plaque
Tri/Yearly Announcements
Systematic Reports
Family Reading Evening
Goal-setting/Classroom Treat

We LOVE Accelerated Reader!

The AR Committee

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