THE BASICS ON ACCELERATED READER @ FRUITLAND (2005-2006)-–Please note that this is an historical review and is subject t0 change each year! PHILOSOPHY:

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 tenth year here at Fruitland. It is simple. Students select a book, read it, and take the quiz for it at school. They 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 some 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 and may read the book from any source. Students take quizzes in the lab, library, and/ or their classrooms. Staff accesses 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 6,500 quizzes. --PTA has supported us with grants over $15,000. --AR was piloted in the spring of 1997. --From 1998-2005 points earned have climbed from 36,000 points to 54,000! --2005-06 will see students reaching close to 60,000 points with over 85% quality score! This is computed to having read 120,000 pictures books, 60,000 transition books, or approximately 20,000 chapter books in one year (by approximately 4oo children.) --75 students have earned over 500 points in their AR career. --10 students have earned over 1, 000 points during their AR career! --All 2-6 graders are expected to participate in AR. Many K-1st graders do participate; usually with parental/teacher encouragement. --In the years to come there will be a very strong emphasis placed on GOAL-SETTING and the 85% QUALITY score! THE ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT: 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. AR EXPECTATIONS: 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. AR INCENTIVES/ACTIVITIES: We have worked hard at creating a fun learning environment through the use of Accelerated Reader! Over the last nine years, we have tried many interesting activities. The most current ones are: (These are always subject to change!) Prize Store Point Clubs 1,000 Point Plaque Weekly/Tri/Yearly Announcements Certificates/Trophies Systematic Reports Monthly Family Reading Evenings Early Morning Reading Goal-setting/Classroom Treats Primary/Intermediate Book Forums Summer Reading Program BOTTOM LINE: We LOVE Accelerated Reader! The AR Committee

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