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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

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
Scott Houston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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.
Vivian Dawson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Scott Houston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • 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.
Jennifer Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • 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.
Jason Eifling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.1
Based on 8 answers
[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.
Kerri Ziegler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.6
Based on 7 answers
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.
Steve Braband | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 10.0
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I have not encountered any problems with availability
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
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I have not experienced any performance issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.8
Based on 24 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.2
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I suggest that school create a plan that outlines:*Opportunities for Reading*Opportunities for Testing*Opportunities for Rewards*Student Accountability Measures prior to testingI further that each classroom teacher create a classroom plan that mirrors the school plan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Scott Houston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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.
Laura Quiroz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Classtime

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
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Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Scott Houston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • 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.
Jody Steinhaus | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Pricing Details

Classtime

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Classtime Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$01
Premium$602
Institution License$1202
  1. per educator
  2. per educator (yearly)
Additional Pricing Details

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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