What is the Accelerated Reader Program?
Accelerated Reader is a reading incentive program where students
select and read books, which have a computer based comprehension
test for students to take when they finish reading. Each AR book
has an assigned point value based on the number of words it
contains and its reading difficulty.
How will the Reading Wall of Fame program
Kindergarten through second grade students with their teacher's
help select books that they might read by themselves, may be read
to them at school, or might be read to them at home by their
parents. Third through sixth grade teachers have all given their
students a diagnostic reading test called "Star Reader." This test
helps your child's teacher determine what reading level is the most
advantageous for your child to select books from as a means to
steadily improve their reading ability. Using this information
teachers have made each of their students aware of the Accelerated
Reader books, which correspond with their particular reading level.
Your child is encouraged to read Accelerated Reader Books, which
are located in each classroom as well as the school's media center
and the town's Public Library. A complete list of all the A.R.
quizzes available for your child may be found using the link found
on the elementary home web page.
When your child finishes an Accelerated Reader book they may, if
they choose, take a short computer based multiple-choice
comprehension test on their classroom computer. (Kindergarten and
first grade students will have the choice to have this computer
quiz read to them or if they are able they may read the quiz by
themselves.) These tests may have 5, 10, or 20 questions depending
on the length and difficulty of the book. If the student passes
this test they receive the number of points that was assigned to
that book. These points will then be compiled through-out the
school year for each participating student and will be used to
determine the various levels of recognition your child will achieve
on our Reading Wall of Fame bulletin board. This bulletin board
display will be located in the elementary hallway by the library.
Based on student point standings the following levels of
recognition will be used:
Bronze - Silver
In addition to these categories we will also have a special
recognition for those students who reach the 200 point level and
the student from each grade level with the most overall points for
the current school year.
How will students be recognized???
When students reach any of the above point levels they will have
their name announced during school announcements and also have
their name and picture displayed on our Reading Wall of Fame.
In May, there will be a special recognition night for all of the
students listed on this Wall of Fame. Each of these students will
receive an award, which recognizes their level of achievement in
reading for this school year.
The overall success of this program is determined by the amount
of support and encouragement you as a parent and your child's
teacher provide. While it is important to stress that this program
is totally voluntary, it is a proven fact that the more a child is
read to and reads on their own the better reader and overall
student they become. As a P.T.O. it is our hope and goal that this
program will support and encourage our children to become better