Renaissance Accelerated Reader vs. Alta from Knewton, a Wiley brand

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader® is designed to save educators time by empowering them with Learnalytics® to make differentiating independent and close reading practice effortless – all while maintaining the flexibility necessary to fit within existing classroom routines. Students are engaged in reading self-selected authentic books and articles. Short comprehension quizzes and built-in close reading practice activities, combined with automatic and educator feedback, keep students…N/A
Alta from Knewton, a Wiley brand
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Alta is Knewton’s product for higher education. Alta is a courseware solution that combines Knewton’s adaptive learning technology with content, and is designed to deliver a personalized learning experience that is affordable, accessible and improves student outcomes. Knewton is a Wiley brand (acquired 2019).N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Renaissance Accelerated ReaderAlta from Knewton, a Wiley brand
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(62 ratings)
8.2
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(9 ratings)
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Usability
9.1
(8 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
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Performance
9.1
(2 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.0
(25 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
5.6
(6 ratings)
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Configurability
6.4
(2 ratings)
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Ease of integration
4.5
(2 ratings)
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Product Scalability
9.1
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Vendor post-sale
9.1
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Vendor pre-sale
9.1
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User Testimonials
Renaissance Accelerated ReaderAlta from Knewton, a Wiley brand
Likelihood to Recommend
Renaissance Learning
I have found Renaissance Accelerated Reader to be well-suited for elementary readers. I don't have experience using it with high school students; however, I know that for our elementary readers, there are no shortages of tests available. Our students can read trade books, articles within the program, or even stories from our textbooks and take tests on them
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Wiley
It is appropriate as a learning system and helps your students gain mastery. I would not use it as much for an assessment system, although they have been slowly building up those capabilities.
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Pros
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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Wiley
  • Adaptive learning
  • LMS integration
  • Focus on meeting learning standards rather than just on grades
  • Each student gets different questions so it can reduce cheating
  • Explanations are included if students get problems wrong
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Cons
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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Wiley
  • I have yet to run into something that Wiley reps did not handle well.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Wiley
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Usability
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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Wiley
Easy to use
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Reliability and Availability
Renaissance Learning
I have not encountered any problems with availability
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Wiley
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
Quick loading, no issues.
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Wiley
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Support Rating
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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Wiley
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Implementation Rating
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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Wiley
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Alternatives Considered
Renaissance Learning
I have not used any of the products listed. However, AR has been my choice of product. My school system choice this product because it interfaces well with all other reading and testing programs that have been purchased. It is an excellent product, but that is a given since it was developed by a teacher to address a problem that all educators deal with (How do you help a struggling reader best?). AR is the answer for me.
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Wiley
alta from Knewton, a Wiley brand, is much less expensive than the other LMSes, not just for the students but for the institution, too.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
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Wiley
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Return on Investment
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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Wiley
  • Higher pass rates.
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