Accelerated Reader is a research-based reading program that combines technology, motivation, and individualized instruction. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s reading with AR Home Connect. Teachers provide access information at the beginning of the year and parents can log onto Home Connect anywhere there is Internet access. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns. Home Connect offers the ability to view overall reading progress along with detailed quiz information.

Students are tested five times a year using the STAR/STAR Early Reading test. This test provides a reading range (level) for each student based on his/her ability. With this information, teachers set quarterly goals for their students.

Students then are able to choose books in their range, take Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes (test averages need to be 85% or higher), and earn points toward their quarterly goal. Student reading achievements are rewarded with quarterly celebrations and AR tags.

Your child has access to more than 100,000 popular titles on the Accelerated Reader Title List in The Alva School’s Media Center! In addition to the extensive collection in our library, teachers also have collections of AR books in their classrooms. However, many students may choose to visit school or public libraries for additional resources.

How Parents Can Help

The classroom teacher can give you the reading zone for your child's independent reading. If you know the zone (example: Reading Level 1.5-2.5), you can help him/her choose books. Check through your children's books at home. Read Aloud Together. This is one of the most important elements. Have your child read to you and you can read to him/her. Ask questions about the story. This will help with reading comprehension.

What benefits do students receive from AR?

Both the student and teacher get immediate, individualized constructive feedback to direct ongoing reading practice. Better readers are better students across the curriculum. Research confirms that AR children show faster growth in reading achievement than other students. AR Readers receive awards of Quarterly AR Celebrations, pencils, bookmarks, etc. when they reach certain goals set at their reading level. Children learn to love READING!