Accelerated Reader Program
Reader is a program for third through sixth grade students
to increase the volume, quality and enjoyment of reading. Alarming
statistics point out that students in this age range
are spending less and less time reading independently. The
Accelerated Reader program challenges all readers – from
the novice to the most advanced bookworms – to
read more quality literature at their own level. Our
library circulation has skyrocketed since the introduction
of Accelerated Reader and we know that our children’s
literacy and learning power has multiplied as a result.
Liberty is proud to be an "Accelerated
Reader School". You are welcome to learn
more about this program by contacting
us at Liberty.
measurable growth in student reading ability
students become independent, self-directed readers
reading fun and help students develop a lasting love
How Accelerated Reader Works
Levels: Accelerated Reader is introduced in third
grade and becomes an integral part of the reading program
through sixth grade.
Testing for Reading
initial experience with the program is to take a “STAR Test”. This
test can be given once a quarter and is designed to
identify a student’s range of independent reading.
Book Selection: The
independent reading level indicated by the STAR Test
is listed in grade level format and helps to guide
a student’s choice of books. The
target is to find material that is not too easy or
too frustrating. Books in the Liberty Library
will be labeled by AR reading level so that students
can select books that qualify for the program. Students
and teachers can also refer to a master list of book
titles sorted by reading level, author or title.
the Range: Students are expected
to read within their range, however the teacher is
the final judge and can make exceptions for reading
outside of the student’s level.
and Grades: Teachers
work with students individually to set an Accelerated
Reader goal each quarter. Goals are set in points that are earned
when students read books and successfully pass quizzes. The
quizzes are designed to see that students have read
and understood the books. The degree to which
a student meets or exceeds the Accelerated Reader goal
is measured as a portion of a student’s total
take a quiz after each book is completed. Liberty
will have quizzes for thousands of books, most of
which can be found in our library. There
are also many quizzes for books not yet in the Liberty
will need to pace their rate of reading throughout
each quarter. It can be stressful
to try to reach a reading goal within the last week
of the quarter. Parents can help to monitor their
child’s pace each quarter by asking to see their
AR Log. This will clearly show whether a child
is “on track” at any given time in the
Questions and Answers
I Get a List of Books or Quizzes?
Quizzes will be available to view in the Liberty Library,
or you can find them on the web.
What Good is it to Have a List of Quizzes?
can use the list to help a child find books at the
Liberty library or in the Public Library or even
in your home collection.
What if a Parent or Child finds a
Good Book, but Liberty Does Not Have the AR Quiz?
can easily purchase Accelerated Reader quizzes at a
nominal cost. Simply
call school or have your child ask the Media Specialist
whether the school can add the quiz for a book. Liberty
will be continually adding titles and is happy to do
at a parent or student’s request.
What if My Child is Having Trouble Meeting His/Her
First, be sure your child is keeping a good
pace throughout the quarter, and that he/she is reading
at home. Secondly, check with your child’s
teacher. Goals can be adjusted based on teacher’s
discretion. Third, if your child is having trouble
passing the quizzes, you’ll also want to consult
with your child’s teacher or the Media Specialist. We
can tutor your child in strategies to read for comprehension.