What is Accelerated Reader?

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AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help him:

• Choose another book that is more appropriate.

• Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before he takes a quiz.

• Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.

In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they're reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.


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Renaissance Home Connect

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Renaissance Home Connect improves the school-to-home connection by

allowing parents and students to log in to a Web site and view the student's

reading and math practice and progress towards goals. Access to online

results promotes discussion between parents and students, which motivates

students and can make reading and math practice even more effective.

In addition, parents can specify up to six email addresses to receive

automatic updates in English or Spanish on their student's math and reading

progress. Click on the link below to get started!



How can I find out the AR levels of our books at home?

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AR BookFinder is an online tool where anyone can search for book titles based on authors, topics or titles of books. You can search results, add books to your bookbag and print results. The advanced search allows you to greatly narrow down searches or search for themes such as History/Middle Ages. Results will help students and parents determine if a reading practice quiz exists for a certain title.

AR BookFinder is a site hosted and administered by Renaissance Learning. With the move to online Renaissance, GPS students now have access to every quiz created by Renaissance Learning (over 100,000 currently). This site does not tell us what is housed in school libraries. Students are not restricted merely by the books owned by their respective school libraries. Books can come from anywhere such as the public library or a home library. Please visit your elementary school library if you wish to peruse their computerized card catalog.

Upon finding a book through AR BookFinder, look to see if it has an "RP" next to the column that says, "AR Quiz Types." RP means there is a Reading Practice Quiz for that book. If it exists, GPS has access to it. RP Quizzes are the types of quizzes student use most frequently. (LS and VP stand for Literacy Skills and Vocabulary Practice Quizzes.)