Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a nationally used program which has been shown by the National Reading Panel and others to boost student reading achievement.  Students read a book then takes a computerized test that monitors the student's comprehension of the book. Books can be read independently or with a parent. Most tests have either 5 or 10 questions. If the child has a comprehension score of 60% or more, then she/he will receive points. Students may select any book to read. Books from our library have the reading level and book points listed in the front of them and students have been taught to pay close attention to the listed reading level to make sure that it is one that is in their reading range and not too easy (a 5th grade student cannot be selecting grade 1 books unless there is an identified reading challenge). If a student wishes to read a book that is not on our Accelerated Reader program, then points will be given by completing a written book report. Book report forms can be obtained from the teacher or the librarian.


Monthly goals are set by each teacher and change according to the number of school days or the time of year. Books vary in points from 0.5 to 10 or more points depending on the number of words in the book and the reading level. Most shorter books are worth 0.5, fiction are usually worth 1 or more points, and nonfiction are worth 0.5 - 2 points. The average goals are 1.5 points for grade 2, 2 points for grade 3, 3-5 points for grade 4, and 4-5 points for grade 5. As an example, a student in grade 2 could meet their reading goal by just reading 3 books in a month; a student in grade 5 could meet their goal by just reading one longer book in a month. Students in grade 2 check out 2 books every week and students in grades 3-5 can get 3 books each week. When students have finished these books they can come to the library before or after school to get new ones.


Progress can be checked by going to Accelerated Reader Home Connect. Put in your child's user name and password. You will see your child's goal and comprehension score. You can also see all the books that your child has been reading when you go to their bookshelf. At the bookfinder selection, you can search for books that you may have at home or get from the public library to see if they are in the Accelerated Reader program.



The tests have very fair questions and do not ask questions on minor details. They have questions that are about events in the beginning, middle, and end so that the student must have read the whole book.