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Accelerated Reader


  A Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader 


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 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.)

What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

In independent literature-based reading, ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation.  Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading test, or teachers can use their best judgment to determine a ZPD. 

What are points?

Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value.  AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book and the length of the book.  Children earn points, or a portion of a book’s points, depending on how well they do on the Reading Practice Quiz. 

How will I know if a book has an AR quiz?

To know the quizzes our school has available, you can visit AR BookFinder to conduct a search of all available books with AR quizzes.  This will also tell you the AR level and the point value.

AR BookFinder

How will I know how my child is doing?

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. For a list of compatible browsers, type the following URL in any browser:

To log in to Renaissance Home Connect

Renaissance Home Connect Website 
Child’s user name and password are used

If you would like to receive emails showing your student’s quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions.  To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add to your address book.

Parent Resource:

Renaissance Learning is a handy resource open to anyone-educators or parents-that has helpful Parent Guides answering frequently asked questions about assessment, teaching, and learning tools. You are able to view, download, or print documents. Keeping parents involved assures a students' success.