Parent’s Guide to
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader™ (AR™) program. This guide is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or visit the Accelerated Reader Website at www.renlearn.co.uk.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage
and monitor children’s independent reading practice.
Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it
at his/her 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 targets and direct ongoing reading
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.
A Sample Quiz Question
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 a quiz, the teacher may help him/her: •
Choose another book that is more appropriate.
Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before taking a quiz. •
air your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child. P
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are 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.
How much will my child read during the school day?
According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percentage correct) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Therefore, your child will have at least 20 minutes set aside for reading during each school day.
How can I help my child become a better reader?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookshop on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading and discussing books that each of you have read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning and creating a loving relationship between you and your child. Make learning a family affair!
What if my child does not like reading?
Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books he/she wants to read. The teacher will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the AR Reading Practice Quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher and success, even students who say they do not like reading will develop a love of reading.
Will my child have to read a book I do not want him/her to read? No. There are many choices of books at your child’s level. He/she will never be forced to read a book you find questionable.
I am concerned that my child will be unfairly compared to others. Then you will really like AR because it helps the teacher work with each child individually. Students using AR are encouraged to progress at their own pace and set their own targets with the help of the teacher. The aim of AR is for all children to succeed in achieving their targets.
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