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Accelerated Reader Guide

A Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader™

Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program.

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 has understood what has been read.

AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice.


A Sample Quiz Question


Children using AR have a free choice of the books they read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they feel in control and can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers and librarians will help your child choose books that are at an appropriate reading level. These will be challenging without being frustrating and will also be at a level at which your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

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


• Helping choose another book that is more appropriate

• Asking more probing questions as your child reads and before he/she takes a quiz

• Pairing your child with another pupil or even having the book read to your child.


In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. 


How will I know how my child is doing?

A TOPS Report prints automatically after a child takes a quiz to give feedback on your child’s understanding of the book and shows cumulative data for the marking period and school year. The TOPS Report is sent home with your child. You should review the report, sign it and send it back to school with your child.

If your child’s school has Accelerated Reader Advantage you can access your child’s AR information in Renaissance Place Home Connect from any web-enabled computer, so long as you have first gained access to the program from the school. Once in the program, you can view your child’s progress towards targets, points and books read. You can also access AR BookFinder to search for titles of interest. You can only access information about your own child. 


For more information, please see the PDF guide attached below and/or or visit the Accelerated Reader website at www.renlearn.co.uk. 


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