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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Attribute Ratings

  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.4

Renaissance myON® Reader

74%
10 Ratings
9.5

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

95%
57 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

89%
9 Ratings

Usability

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

90%
8 Ratings

Availability

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
3 Ratings

Performance

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

7.8

Renaissance myON® Reader

78%
4 Ratings
9.3

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

93%
41 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
6.6

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

66%
9 Ratings

Configurability

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

64%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
4.6

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

46%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
2 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
2 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

Renaissance myON® Reader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

91%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Renaissance Learning

I teach 5th/6th grade math and science, but I love finding fun books to explain science and math concepts using books that keep the students engaged. I can make sure to give them several options on their reading level to choose from and know I am meeting a majority of my students needs because they can listen to other book be read if they so choose. My students have learned so much from science graphic novels!
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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

Renaissance Learning

  • Easy for students to navigate (even at 1st grade level).
  • Lots of non-fiction books.
  • Lots of books for a topic if students are doing a research project.
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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

Renaissance Learning

  • I could never figure it out.
  • Students levels from their STAR test did not translate into the books suggested on myON.
  • The platform is cumbersome and inaccessible for students and teachers.
  • I am fairly tech-savvy, but I could never navigate through and understand how myON worked. Eventually, I gave up and switched to Epic.
  • The book selection was poor. Only the non-fiction books were interesting to my students. None of the popular titles and authors were available.
  • It was a big disappointment and frustration for me and my students.
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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

Renaissance myON® Reader

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Renaissance myON® Reader editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    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

      Renaissance Learning

      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

      Renaissance Learning

      No answers on this topic

      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

      Renaissance Learning

      No answers on this topic

      Renaissance Learning

      I have not encountered any problems with availability
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      Performance

      Renaissance Learning

      No answers on this topic

      Renaissance Learning

      Quick loading, no issues.
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      Support Rating

      Renaissance Learning

      I believe this product provides students with faster and easier access to books. This increases their time spent on task reading. myON reader is a product that is great for students and teachers.
      If there are any issues and concerns while using myON, there are many help resources available to offer assistance.
      myON Reader works so well with the rest of the Renaissance Platform. This consistency is great for everyone!
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      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

      Renaissance Learning

      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

      Renaissance Learning

      Easier to use and has a better availability to students reading habits.
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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

      Renaissance Learning

      No answers on this topic

      Renaissance Learning

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

      Renaissance Learning

      • Students continued to read on their level and were motivated by all of the books being an AR book with a quiz and points to earn.
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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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