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Accelerated Reader

Boy with bookAccelerated 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).

Girl with booksIf 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.

Grade Levels and Points Required for Individual Prizes

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 Individual Prizes/Experiences

Accelerated Reader Guidelines by Grade

Grade 1

Due to the uniqueness of AR in first grade, the following AR guidelines will be established:

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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