Accelerated Reader Essay

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Accelerated Reader Program: Flaws in Implementation and Book Rating I am no stranger to the Accelerated Reader Program. In case you are, Accelerated Reader Program, known simply as AR is a computer program arranges books by reading level and that helps teachers manage and monitor student’s independent reading practice. The student picks a book at his or her determined level and reads it as his or her own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives the student and the teacher immediate feedback on the quiz, which the teacher then uses to help the student set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. To determine the student’s reading-level a short ten minute computer based reading assessment that adjusts the levels of difficulty to student responses is administered. The test establishes a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) reading range for the student. Students are then encouraged, or required by some teachers, to select books within their ZPD that also matches their age and interest level. When a student has finished reading his or her book they then take an AR quiz. AR quizzes are taken on computers, under teacher or librarian supervision. They consist of multiple choice questions, most of which are at the “recall” level. Students must score and 80% or above on these short tests to pass and receive point credit for their readings. The TOPS Report (The Opportunity to Praise Students) reports quiz results after each quiz is taken. AR points are then awarded to the student and are based on the difficulty of the book, and the length of the book. Most educators who use AR use it as a reward-based reading incentive program, where rewards are given for meeting goals. As an educator who has been involved in an AR program, I

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