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Accelerated Reader- Down and Dirty

A Quick Understanding of the Program and How to Implement it in Your Class (adapted from original presentation by Carter Cook, Director of LMS, Fort Worth ISD)
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brooke smith

on 18 August 2010

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Transcript of Accelerated Reader- Down and Dirty

Accelerated
Reading Last year, the district purchased approximately 80,000 student AR accounts. They discovered during an audit, that only about 46,000 students were actually using the program… The purpose of this presentation is to make you aware of, and familiar with the Accelerated Reading program, since the purchasing of it is now site based, and every dollar we spend is significant! What it is… Accelerated Reader is a "progress monitoring practice tool" that can be used with any core reading curriculum or supplemental reading program. It is used to encourage students to read more, and read often, by offering computer-based assessment with instant feedback. What it is NOT... •a core curriculum or supplemental reading program •unguided reading practice such as SSR without accountability •a means of providing reading instruction or taking the place of a teacher •a general assessment of reading ability (only measures comprehension over what has been read) Progress Measurement Tools More than 140,000 Reading Practice quizzes ask literal questions to measure students' comprehension of the book Spanish language reading practice quizzes are available. Vocabulary Practice quizzes measure students' understanding of new words learned through reading. Literacy Skills quizzes feature higher-level questions that require students to apply 24 specific reading skills. Reports TOPS Report provides instant feedback to the student. Student Record Report compiles the test data of all quiz types for an individual student. The Diagnostic report quickly shows overall comprehension of literature read by detailing progress/maintenance of goals. •Average percent correct on reading practice quizzes: Goal = maintaining an 85% average •Points earned: Points measure the quantity of student reading and are assigned to a book based on length and difficulty. •Reading Range (ZPD): Book Levels measure text difficulty. Interest Levels relate to content and appropriateness. STAR The STAR Reading test is used to determine each student's Zone of Proximal Development for independent reading (ZPD). •Consists of 25 reading passages with a multiple choice question for each passage •Difficulty of reading passages adjusts as a student correctly or incorrectly answers each question •Timed test administration Diagnostic report assesses student's general reading skills based on his/her performance on the STAR Reading test. It also provides the student's ZPD, or AR reading range in which the student should be able to independently read books within that range. Growth Report measures students' progress between two or more STAR Reading test administrations. Implementation •Administer STAR Reading test to each student to determine ZPD (reading range). Run Reading Range report in STAR Reading for list of students and their ZPDs. Run Student Information report in Accelerated Reader for student user names and passwords. •Explain to students their reading range and how it corresponds to the way the library books are leveled. -Discuss with students their goals to read/quiz only within their range, and to maintain an 85% average on reading practice quizzes. •Bring your class to the library so that they can be taught necessary procedures. •Create and AR file folder/portfolio for each student, or a class notebook/binder with username, password, and ZPD/AR Reading Levels. •Have students monitor and record their own progress using Accelerated Reader forms and charts. •Monitor students' progress online. Celebrate accomplishments. Intervene when performance does not improve. -Students cannot access AR quizzes from home, but teachers can access all AR and STAR management reports from home. Home Connect Communicate progress with parents and students through Home Connect. From their home computer, students and parents can: •see progress toward reading goals
•view results on AR quizzes the student has taken
•view number of books read, number of words read, and quizzes passed
•set up email alert to inform parent each time student has taken an AR quiz and send the results
Program generates Parent Letter in English or Spanish for each student with instructions in how to access Home Connect. Once you learn the basics, AR is an easy, fast, and efficient way to monitor each student’s reading progress and growth over time. And the best part? KIDS LOVE IT
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