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  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Classtime

91%
1 Rating
9.5

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

95%
57 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

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N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

89%
9 Ratings

Usability

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9.0

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

90%
8 Ratings

Availability

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9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
3 Ratings

Performance

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9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

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9.3

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

93%
41 Ratings

Implementation Rating

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6.6

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

66%
9 Ratings

Configurability

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6.4

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

64%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

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4.6

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

46%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

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9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
2 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

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9.1

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91%
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9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
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Likelihood to Recommend

Classtime

Suitable:
  • Distance learning for formative assessment
  • In-class quizzes
  • Tickets out the door to check on the day's understanding
  • Homework
  • Grade-level common assessments
  • High-stakes test prep
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Renaissance Learning

AR is well suited for many ELA scenarios. It is less appropriate when reading shorter nonfiction passages (science, for example). This would require group discussion, and immediate assessment after reading. This type of assessment is left to the classroom teachers since the reading material is so short (compared to the length of a chapter book or a novel). I wonder if AR could help with these types of passages.
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Pros

Classtime

  • It has three different types of engagement activities for students as they are answering questions.
  • It gives immediate data that can be acted upon.
  • It is easy to find materials to use in their library with their search engine.
  • It is very easy to include multimedia material like images, gifs, videos, and audio files.
  • The test-making interface is extremely easy to use.
  • It is easy to print out data that can be used to analyze with a grade-level team or with parents.
  • It has a Google, Microsoft, and Clever interface, making it easy for students to access.
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Renaissance Learning

  • Automatically calculating ZPD ranges. Student level ranges are automatically calculated within the system to ensure that students are correctly choosing the most appropriate books for them.
  • Easy goal setting. Whether you want to set a blanket goal based on 20 minutes per day of reading time for the class, or you want to individually set goals up to an hour a day, AR makes it very easy to manage and set goals for your entire classroom. Goals can be adjusted as needed easily as well.
  • Comprehension monitoring through testing. I can easily see which students are struggling on comprehension through AR book quizzes. From student scores, I can either motivate students who are rushing through books to slow down and take time to thoroughly read, or I can help students who are possibly struggling to read harder books with specific strategies that will benefit them the most. Without the testing feature of AR, I would have a lot more work to check how students are doing on their independent reading.
  • Data that is easy to understand and share with students. From either running a report on the entire class or school to just a specific student, AR makes data tracking easy. I can share reports with students and have detailed discussions about their progress towards meeting their goals or steps to take to overcome reading challenges they are currently having.
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Cons

Classtime

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Renaissance Learning

  • Lately, Accelerated Reader has been adding "New Reports" which would help single class users such as a teacher with one class. But for a person with administrative rights, it creates a bit of a hassle to get the information needed at times.
  • Cost - Accelerated Reader is expensive. For the price paid, I feel Renaissance should include some features instead of having additional fees paid.
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Pricing Details

Classtime

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Classtime editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Basic01
Premium602
Institution License1203

Footnotes

  1. per educator
  2. per educator (yearly)
  3. per educator (yearly)

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Renaissance Accelerated Reader editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    [Renaissance] Accelerated Reader is a great way to track student progress, motivate students to read, and measure their comprehension. Accelerated reader gives both teachers and students immediate feedback. There are countless options of books for students and can help increase student interest in books and improve students' reading ability.
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    Usability

    Classtime

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    Renaissance Learning

    I would say that Accelerated Reader is a pretty user-friendly tool. The platform is easily used by teachers, administrators, and students of all grade levels and technical abilities. That being said, it would be nice to see some tweaks to the user interface to make it even easier for everyone to navigate.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    I have not encountered any problems with availability
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    Performance

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    Quick loading, no issues.
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    Support Rating

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    Renaissance Accelerated Reader is a program I have used with students for 9 years. It is so flexible and easy to use! I have seen the amazing benefits and an increase in the minutes my students read each day. I look forward to using this program next year and learning more about how it can help increase reading in our school.
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    Implementation Rating

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    Extensive training on Ren Place is necessary. There are a myriad of reports that we need help understanding. I have joined Ren Royals and have learned a lot from that support piece.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Classtime

    I have used Edpuzzle, Quizizz, Kahoot, Khan Academy, and Edcite. I use all of them at varying times, depending on my needs. I use Classtime more than any of them because of its versatility of question types and its engagement tools. I also appreciate the ease of making and giving out tests.
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    Renaissance Learning

    We love Accelerated Reader at our school and back this program 100% to increase student reading, vocabulary, and comprehension in order to close the reading gap. I haven't seen any other program with the positive results that accelerated reader has done for our students in the last four years. We have gone from having the bottom state testing scores to reaching near the top in various subjects across the board in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
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    Scalability

    Classtime

    No answers on this topic

    Renaissance Learning

    Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
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    Return on Investment

    Classtime

    • It has helped us during in-classroom demonstration lessons.
    • It has helped us with our training on strategic thinking in math.
    • It has given us an outlet to share our test creation skills, which we can model to districts.
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    Renaissance Learning

    • The goal of AR is for kids to enjoy books, spread their wings, and experience a variety of literature & genres. Children need copious amounts of reading to become good readers. Incorporating Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 into our day sets a purpose for reading and holds children accountable.
    • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 is research based. The single biggest predictor of academic success is time spent reading. This program allows for that.
    • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 allows for scaffolding of reading material to get the kids into more challenging material. This program allows children to be successful and build on their strengths.
    • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 empowers students to take ownership in the learning process. It gives them a voice.
    • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 is a program that lets students practice and apply skills and strategies learned during mini lessons and strategy-group instruction.
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