“Accelerated Reader is one of the world’s most popular reading programs. The software program, commonly referred to as AR, is designed to motivate students to read and to assess their overall understanding of the books that they are reading. The program was developed by Renaissance Learning Inc., which has several other programs closely related to the Accelerated Reader program.
Accelerated Reader is essentially a three-step program. Students first read a book (fiction or nonfiction), magazine, textbook, etc. Students may read individually, as a whole group, or in small group settings. Students then individually take the quiz that corresponds with what they just read. AR quizzes are assigned a point value based on the overall level of the book.
Teachers often set weekly, monthly, or yearly goals for the number of points they require their students to earn.
Students who score below a 60% on the quiz do not earn any points. Students who score a 60% - 99% receive partial points. Students who score a 100% receive full points. Teachers then use the data generated by these quizzes to motivate students, monitor progress, and target instruction.”