How to take an AR Quiz or the STAR Assessment
Introduction to the Accelerated Reader Program:
Renaissance Place is the home of Accelerated Reader. Delsea Middle School subscribes to and uses the Accelerated Reader's STAR assessment to first assist teachers in acquiring data on each student’s reading level. With this information, the teacher can monitor a student’s reading and guide progress towards their formulated reading goal for the goal period.
Every book that has an Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. Titles in our library collection that have corresponding AR quizzes are identified by reading level using a colored sticker on the spine and the point value that can be earned from each item is written inside the flyleaf of the book. The title, author, book level, point value, quiz number, and interest level can be searched for and obtained for print and digital books in the Destiny library catalog and the MackinVIA digital catalog.
In independent literature-based reading, ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading assessment. It’s important for children to read books with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPDs. The AR program encourages students to read a variety of books within their comfort level and then strategically challenges them to move into higher levels. ZPDs should be adjusted based on the needs/progress of your child. Destiny and MackinVIA allows the option for teachers and students to search these programs for AR books and limit their search to their reading level. AR Bookfinder is a database of all titles that have a corresponding AR quiz, however, DMS may not have that book in their Destiny or MackinVIA collection.
According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percent correct) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Time given during Sustained Silent Reading during homeroom and during English class periods provides students with opportunities to read daily.
Students take AR comprehension quizzes after they read each of their books and earn points towards their goals based on their quiz results.
The Purpose of Accelerated Reader:
What is the ATOS Readability Formula?
An ATOS level on a book indicates how difficult the text is to read. Accelerated Reader uses the ATOS Readability Formula to help teachers guide student reading practice by assigning a readability level (book level) to books. The ATOS Readability Formula is one of the most widely used measures for judging the difficult level of text. The product of extensive research, the formula employs several unique features:
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*DMS does not limit students to just reading Accelerated Reader materials at their reading level. We also support choice reading.