1. What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a commercial product that schools buy to encourage reading. Students read books at their reading level on the AR list, take computerized quizzes at school and earn points for reading.
2. How many points is a book worth?
Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Students get a percentage of these points based on the number of correct answers they get on the computerized quiz.
3. How are children assigned AR reading levels?
At school, your child takes a STAR test that assesses your child’s independent reading level. This test is usually taken at the beginning and the end of the school year. Teachers may opt to give the test more frequently.
4. What are AR reading levels?
At school, each child is assigned a reading level, based on the child’s test results. For example, if your child’s assigned reading level is 4.0 – 4.4, you will search for books that have a reading level of 4.0 – 4.4.
5. How do I find out what my child’s reading level is?
Your child’s teacher can tell you your child’s reading level.
6. Who participates in AR?
Students at all grade levels participate. The Lee County School District purchased the “universal” list in 2009, allowing children to test on a wider variety of books. Not all private schools in the area participate in AR or subscribe to the “universal” list.
7. Where do children take the AR quizzes?
Children take the quizzes at school. The library does not provide testing.
8. How can I get a list of books on my child’s reading level?
If you attend a Lee County public school or a private school subscribing to the universal list, you can access the list of AR books at http://www.arbookfind.com/. You may limit your search based on a level there.
9. What is the color chart? (for example, what does it mean when my child says she needs “purple” books?)
The color chart is a way for children to find AR books on their level at their school libraries. Each color corresponds to a certain range of levels. The books at your child’s school library are most likely marked with AR colors. Color charts may vary from school to school. However, books at the public library are not marked with the AR colors.
10. I have a list of AR books my child wants to read. How do I find them at the public library?
You can look for the books by author or title in the public library’s computer catalog.
11. I found this book on the shelf at my public library. How do I know if it’s on my school’s AR list?
You can access the list of AR books at http://www.arbookfind.com/.