FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the library at St.
Joseph School.



  1. What is the Accelerated Reader?
  2. How does AR work?
  3. How do I know what book level to choose for reading?
  4. What are some advantages of AR?
  5. Where are AR tests taken?
  6. How do I know the results of my test?
  7. How do I know the reading level of a book if it isn't labeled?



What is the Accelerated Reader?

The Accelerated Reader (AR)is a computerized reading program that
motivates, manages and assesses literature-based reading with a
focus on outstanding and popular works of fiction and nonfiction.
This program is not meant to replace classroom instruction, but
to enhance and foster a love for reading and better comprehension
skills. This will benefit students in all areas of the
curriculum. It is a means of using technology to increase our
students' love of books.
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How does AR work?

AR is easy to use. It's based on three simple steps that form
the foundation for self-paced, individualized reading:
1. SELECT A BOOK: Students make their own choice based on
their reading range.
2. READ THE BOOK: Students read the book at their own pace.
3. TAKE THE TEST: When the book is completed, students take a
test on the computer. The multiple-choice is designed to verify
that the student has read the book. When the test is completed,
the computer instantly reveals how many questions were answered
correctly, and awards reading points based on the book's length,
reading level and number of correct answers. The goal is to
maintain a 85% average or higher in comprehension. The student
must score at least 60% on the test to earn any points.
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How do I know what book level to choose for reading?

At the beginning of each trimester, all students in grades 2-8 take
the STAR test which is part of the Accelerated Reader program. The
results of this test gives an individualized recommended reading range
known as ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). Students achieve
maximum growth when they read within this range.
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What are some advantages of AR?

AR offers many proven benefits to students from various
backgrounds and at all reading levels.
1. MOTIVATES STUDENTS TO READ MORE AND BETTER BOOKS: Students
are recognized for improving the quality and difficulty level of
their reading. With this encouragement, they eagerly tackle more
challenging works.
2. IMPROVES READING SCORES: Practice makes perfect. As
students read more books, their scores improve.
3. PROVIDES AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT: Regular testing offers both
teacher and student a continuous, accurate stream of information
on student reading behavior.
4. BUILDS HIGHER-ORDER THINKING SKILLS: As students move
through their reading, they naturally begin to develop critical
thinking skills such as evaluation, synthesis, analysis and
application.
5. HIGHLY EFFECTIVE FOR REMEDIATION: Research shows that
children with below-average reading achievement respond best to
the program.
6. FOSTERS A LIFELONG LOVE OF READING: By motivating students
to read so many excellent books, AR naturally stimulates a love
of reading. In time, students stop reading for recognition and
start reading for enjoyment.
7. GIVES INSTANT FEEDBACK: Students get immediate feedback
which provides instant reinforcement for their efforts. It also
provides teachers and parents with an accurate measurement of
reading performance and progress.
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Where are AR tests taken?

AR tests are taken in the school library during each classroom's
library time or during designated OPEN LIBRARY times. Once students
have finished reading their book, they test on computers reserved for
this purpose.
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How do I know the results of my test?

After testing, the computer provides instant feedback to the
student and will print a TOPS report. TOPS (Three Opportunities
to Praise Students) reports provide an opportunity for the
student to receive praise and encouragement from the librarian,
teacher and parents. A summary of each student's reports is also
printed and sent to the parents with trimester report cards.
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How do I know the reading level of a book if it isn't labeled?

Go to the website: www.arbookfind.com and type in the title of your book.
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