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Accelerated Reader

BoyAccelerated 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).

GirlIf you have any questions about the AR program, please see the Media Specialist or check with your child's teacher.

AR Bookfinder

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
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2
3
4
5
5
5
15
15
20
10
15
25
30
40
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45
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60
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40
65
80
90
100

 Individual Prizes/Experiences

  • 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

Grade 1

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.

Grade 2

  • Students will be given their reading levels (ZPD) from the STAR test.  Student test performance is to be monitored by the teacher. If a child is able to fluently read a given grade level book, the child will be moved up to a higher-level book. An indicator would be about five 100’s in a row, or by interpretation of the average percent correct on a diagnostic report.
  • Students will be allowed to take up to ten tests per week as time is allotted by the teacher, usually after students have completed all other work.
  • 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.

Grades 3-5

  • Students will be given their reading levels (ZPD) from the STAR test.
  • Student test performance is to be monitored by the teacher. If a child is able to fluently read a given grade level book, the child will be moved up to a higher-level book. An indicator would be about five 100’s in a row, or by interpretation of the average percent correct on a diagnostic report.
  • Students will be allowed to take up to three tests per day as time is allotted by the teacher, usually after students have completed all other work.
  • No student will be allowed to take more than their allotted number of tests per day. 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 day.
  • If a student is found to have taken more tests over their given daily 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.
  • Teachers may not bulk save their tests for one testing day per week. For example, if a class does not take any tests Monday through Thursday, students may not take five to fifteen tests on Friday to make up for it.
  • 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.




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