Accelerated Reader Is It Worth It?
Facts about Accelerated Reader <ul><li>A reading incentive program that provides continual progress updates </li></ul><ul>...
Old Version of A.R.: Desktop Version <ul><li>Quizzes must be purchased individually </li></ul><ul><li>Lower overall cost d...
New Version of AR: Renaissance Place <ul><li>All quizzes available that Renaissance Learning has created </li></ul><ul><li...
Misconceptions about A.R. <ul><li>Program requires incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Program requires teachers to assign an arb...
Advantages of A.R. <ul><li>Motivates students to read </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate results given to students on progress </...
Criticisms of A.R. <ul><li>Reading Practice quizzes only test recall – not higher level reading skills </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Current Research <ul><li>ERIC Educational Database </li></ul><ul><li>What Works Clearinghouse studies </li></ul><ul><li>Na...
Conclusions: <ul><li>Accelerated Reader successful when used correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Training through Renaissance Lear...
Citations: <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_Reader </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.studentprogress.org/doc/To...
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  1. 1. Accelerated Reader Is It Worth It?
  2. 2. Facts about Accelerated Reader <ul><li>A reading incentive program that provides continual progress updates </li></ul><ul><li>Currently used in 75,000 schools nation-wide </li></ul><ul><li>Created by a mother who wanted to check to see if her children had read their books from the library </li></ul><ul><li>Renaissance Place is the newest version of AR </li></ul>
  3. 3. Old Version of A.R.: Desktop Version <ul><li>Quizzes must be purchased individually </li></ul><ul><li>Lower overall cost depending on number of quizzes purchased </li></ul><ul><li>$2.99 for each quiz </li></ul><ul><li>District must maintain local server </li></ul>
  4. 4. New Version of AR: Renaissance Place <ul><li>All quizzes available that Renaissance Learning has created </li></ul><ul><li>Campus is linked to server at Renaissance Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support through company </li></ul><ul><li>Ren Place version provides access to Literacy Skills quizzes and Vocabulary quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Cost is greater but more options are available </li></ul>
  5. 5. Misconceptions about A.R. <ul><li>Program requires incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Program requires teachers to assign an arbitrary number of points </li></ul><ul><li>Program encourages teachers to base part of students’ Lang. Arts grade on their participation in Accelerated Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Program is difficult to set up and maintain </li></ul>
  6. 6. Advantages of A.R. <ul><li>Motivates students to read </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate results given to students on progress </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for English language learners </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded voice quizzes useful for primary level books and students </li></ul><ul><li>30 reports available to monitor student progress </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy skills quizzes assess higher order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>AR records can follow student from school to school </li></ul>
  7. 7. Criticisms of A.R. <ul><li>Reading Practice quizzes only test recall – not higher level reading skills </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of availability of books in library to support the program </li></ul><ul><li>Program criticized by teachers and parents for various reasons – many times regarding setting of goals </li></ul>
  8. 8. Current Research <ul><li>ERIC Educational Database </li></ul><ul><li>What Works Clearinghouse studies </li></ul><ul><li>National Center on Student Progress Monitoring </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusions: <ul><li>Accelerated Reader successful when used correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Training through Renaissance Learning is the ideal </li></ul><ul><li>An experienced librarian or teacher should train teachers on campus who use the program </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should be educated about program when child enters the program </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal for struggling readers all the way to students reading at the college level </li></ul>
  10. 10. Citations: <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_Reader </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.studentprogress.org/doc/Tools_review_StudentProgress_small_new_March2007.pdf </li></ul>

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