Accelerated Reader is a reading encouragement and incentive program used by ICES students in the first through fifth grades. Students read books and earn points for successfully completing tests on the books. Accelerated Reader software and tests are designed by Renaissance Learning, and many of the books in our Media Center are AR books (designated by colored dots on the books).
If you have any questions about the AR program, please see the Media Specialist or check with your child's teacher.
2017-18 AR Guidelines
AR policies are determined by the AR Committee, composed of a teacher representative from each grade that participates in AR (1-5), a representative from the school administration, and the media specialist.
- The AR program will begin for the school year in August of 2017.
- Teachers may begin their students at the previous year’s reading level, or they may retest their students with the STAR program.
- The grade levels of many library books are indicated by spine stickers with dots of different colors, one for each Lexile range. Students may check out any grade level library book, whether it is on their “dot” or not, but it is recommended that they only take tests on books they have read on their reading level. To be used toward reaching a club level, a student’s test results must show at least 70% mastery of the book’s content.
- Because of our web-based AR system, we have access to any test Renaissance Learning makes. To check at home to see if a test exists for a book, parents, students, and teachers can check AR Bookfinder, Renaissance Learning’s site. A student may take a test on any book he or she reads, whether it is from the library or not, as long as there is a test available.
- No student may take more than the number of tests per day allowed for his or her grade.
- Deleting of tests may be done at the discretion of the teacher in rare cases (for example, if a student has accidentally taken the wrong test) or so that a first or second grade child can retake a test for mastery.
- The AR program is intended to encourage reading, not cause students undue distress. As such, it makes a good complement to classroom instruction but is not an end unto itself. Teachers may use AR as just one of the reading tools available, but may not require AR tests for a classroom grade.
- Tests will be available only during school days.
- Students may win top level AR prizes regardless of their county of residence, as long as they are students at Irwin County Elementary.
- If a student transfers from another school system into ICES, their AR points will transfer with them (provided by their previous school’s media specialist).
- At each grade level Honor’s Day, we will give certificates to the Top 3 Point earners in each class.
- Any violation of AR policy may result in removal from the AR program for the academic year by the AR committee.
- The cutoff for earning AR points will be May 4, 2018.
Grade Levels and Points Required for Individual Prizes
|Grade||Club 1||Club 2||Club 3||Club 4||Club 5|
- Club 1: Reading bracelet and candy
- Club 2: Free ice cream
- Club 3: Movie time! If reached before December cutoff, movie off campus. If reached after the cutoff, movie in the library
- Club 4: Cup of AR prizes
- Club 5: Special trip
Accelerated Reader Guidelines by Grade
Due to the uniqueness of AR in first grade, the following AR guidelines will be established:
- Students may only take five tests per week.
- If a teacher reads an AR book to the entire class, the class may take the test on that book.
- No student will be allowed to take more than their allotted number of tests per week. If a student is found to have violated this rule, the homeroom teacher will remove any excess tests and the additional awarded points for that week.
- If a student is found to have taken more tests over their given weekly allotment, they will receive a one week suspension from AR participation. Should this occur a second time, the student will be removed from the AR program for the remainder of the school year.
- If a student is found to have taken a test for another student or violated the AR program’s computer security, they will be removed from the program for the remainder of the school year.
Toll-Free School Safety Hotline
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The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll- free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education. Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other school safety rules. The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities. Make the call; you can make a difference!