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What is Accelerated Reader?
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Children, grades 1-5, participate in what we call the Accelerated Reader Program, or "AR."  In this program, children read books and take comprehension tests on the computer. For each test that is passed, points are awarded based on the number of questions answered correctly.  Manley Elementary students can earn rewards based on the number of points they accumulate and for keeping a average of 80% or above on comprehension scores. 

What books can my child test on?

Manley Elementary students have taken a computer test, called STAR, that analyzes their reading level, which is based on vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension.  Library books are color-coded to correspond with those reading levels. Your child has been given his/her level and should know which color stickers designate "just right" books for successful reading and testing.

Does my child have to read only within his/her level?

The beauty of the AR program is that it pairs children with books that are "just right" for their reading ability.  These books are not so hard that they become fustrating, nor are they so easy that there is no challenge to reading them.  Research has proven that students who test within their reading level, consistently do better on TCAP tests and elsewhere in school.  Therefore, Manley Elementary does encourage students to do the majority of their testing within their reading level.  However, occasionally, children do test slightly below or above their level, due to special circumstances in the classroom or library.

How do I know if a book is "AR?"

The majority of books published now have AR tests available.  To find out if a book has a test, use our website's link, "Find an AR book,"  (or go to www. and follow directions.  AR tests come from school and public library books, books from home and bookstores, and books bought at the school book fair or through book clubs. 

How do I know what my child is doing in AR?

Accelerated Reader reports are usually included with either midterm reports or grade cards.  If you have any questions, you may contact your child's teacher.


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