What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor a student’s independent reading practice. The student picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the student understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher or librarian then uses to help the student set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
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. Teachers and librarians help the student choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that the student can pass the quiz and experience success.