Accelerated Reader 360, or AR, is a computer-based reading program which Windermere Elementary School uses as a supplemental program to promote reading by our students. AR helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice and comprehension.
Accelerated Reader is used to encourage literature-based reading practice. The more students read, the better they perform on academic achievement tests in both reading and mathematics (Terrance, Patterns of Reading Practice: How Differences in Reading Practice Explain Differences in Schools and Students).
You can track your child’s progress online when you sign in with their student number. Their password is their first name. And there are lots of ways you can help your child with AR:
- Read with your child every day.
- Read at a regularly scheduled time.
- Read to your child and let them read to you.
- Ask questions about what you are reading with your child.
- Provide a quiet, distraction-free place to read.
- Help your child select books at the right reading level.
- Take your child to the library or bookstore.
- Visit a Windermere Elementary School PTO Scholastic Book Fair with your child.
Your child logs on to AR at school with their student number. All students have the same “WES” password. You use the same login information to track your child’s progress online!
How Accelerated Reader Works
Children select books at their own level and read at their own pace. When finished they take a short multiple-choice quiz on a computer. These quizzes are administered under the supervision of PTO volunteers in the Media Center from 8:15am to 8:45am each Tuesday and Thursday. Some teachers may have other procedures for testing; check with your teacher.
Students acquire points for successfully completing quizzes on the books they have read as they progress through levels of achievement. As they reach each of seven possible levels they collect a prize in the Media Center or attend a celebration.
Because students can choose their own books to read, rather than having them assigned, their reading experience is much more enjoyable. They work at their own pace, challenging themselves independently.
Parents receive progress statements from their teacher at intervals throughout the year. These statements show books read, score quizzes, and points earned.