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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians 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.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which
the teacher then uses to help your child 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 your child choose books at an appropriate readability 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 the quiz, the teacher or librarian may help your child:
  • Choose another book that is more appropriate
  • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes the quiz
  • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book to read you your child
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re 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 can I help my child be 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 bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you
reading, and discussing books that each of you has 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 doesn’t like reading?

Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books he wants to read. The teacher or librarian 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 or librarian, and success, even students who say they don’t like reading will develop a love of reading.


Will my child have to read a book I don’t want him to read?

No. There are many, many choices of books at your child’s level. Your child will never be forced to read a book you find questionable.


My child is not a strong reader. Can she/he still use Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers, from students with special needs to those who are gifted and talented. When children read books at an appropriate level, they experience success. Furthermore, teachers and librarians work with children to set appropriate goals based on each child’s reading level.

AR Resources

Find AR books, reading levels, and reading lists

AR BookFinder


Parent's Guide to AR


5-Finger Rule

No AR Level? No problem! Not all books have an AR Reading Level score attached to it. To find books that a good challenge  without being too difficult, all you need is your hand.