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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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Likelihood to Recommend

MasteryConnect

I love that MasteryConnect already has hundreds of standards built-in, like the ACT readiness and socioemotional learning standards my after-school program uses. I think MasteryConnect would be harder to implement for an educational institution using learning standards not already in MasteryConnect. Also, MasteryConnect does not function as a grade book for someone looking for that kind of solution.
Leigh Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

I feel that AR is well suited to any self-contained classroom and for all grades. It is also well suited for those who teach reading across multiple grades. I teach reading 3-8 at our school and I find that it is easy to use AR daily in my classes. If you have a lot of younger students or those who are struggling readers, then the Early Literacy program may be a better fit then the regular Accelerated Reader system. I know that sometimes our Kindergarten classes can't fully use AR until the end of Kindergarten or the start of their 1st-grade year.
Jennifer Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

MasteryConnect

  • Learning standards are already included in the software.
  • Allows educators to track students who are near-mastery and at-mastery
  • Color-coding system is easy to understand.
Leigh Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • If used correctly, Accelerated Reader helps students grow with their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. I advise teachers to have one on one conversations with students when setting goals (allow students to have input) so that the students are given more responsibility to achieve their own goals.
  • Renaissance's online chat/customer service is outstanding. They can usually answer my questions and do so in an understandable manner. They seem to be willing to help and will follow through if necessary.
  • There are many reports that Accelerated Reader administrators can use to help decipher the data created from their students taking Accelerated Reader quizzes.
Jason Eifling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

MasteryConnect

  • I don't like that we have to make separate trackers for each sub-strand of math on the ACT.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to find the assessments I am trying to score within trackers.
  • I wish I had more support on how to use the data in MasteryConnect.
Leigh Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • It was helpful--and quicker--when my students were able to log in to Accelerated Reader through the iPad app. Unfortunately, the app is not going to be supported. My students will still be able to use the iPad for quizzing and STAR assessments. It is just a couple of extra steps.
Jody Steinhaus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

MasteryConnect

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.6
Based on 6 answers
We are very happy with Accelerated Reader and use it on a daily basis. It helps us keep track of student reading practice and helps us to help students find reading material that is at their level and of their interest. STAR Reading also helps us to guide instruction on a daily basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

MasteryConnect

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.6
Based on 6 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

MasteryConnect

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not encountered any problems with availability
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

MasteryConnect

No score
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not experienced any performance issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

MasteryConnect

MasteryConnect 6.0
Based on 2 answers
On-boarding was fine and sufficient, but we haven't really heard from MasteryConnect since then. I haven't reached out to them, either, though.
Leigh Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.7
Based on 22 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

MasteryConnect

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.8
Based on 4 answers
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

MasteryConnect

MasteryConnect is a more affordable option for our medium-sized nonprofit. MasteryConnect fits our needs without being "too much" software. Illuminate and PowerSchool are more built for large school systems while we are a standalone organization with only about 250 students.
Leigh Phillips | 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

MasteryConnect

No score
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

MasteryConnect

  • MasteryConnect has allowed our organization to track student learning data weekly for the first time.
  • We spend less than 10 minutes per week inputting student achievement data.
  • We are able to more quickly decide which skills to reteach because of MasteryConnect.
Leigh Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • The positive impact is that educators are showing interest in learning more about RAR.
  • The negative impact would be that there's not enough time to utilize one program with time always being an issue.
  • Access at home is an issue...host address is hard to find.
Christine Montiforte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MasteryConnect

General

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

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

General

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

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