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Renaissance Accelerated Reader: "Accelerated Reader does just that: Accelerate reading in your classroom."
- 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.
- Some quizzes seem to have multiple question sets, so that students can't look up the answers if they failed the test the first time, but I would love to see this done for all quizzes.
- I feel like Renaissance is doing better about there being more PD available for their products, but I wish it was more readily accessible.
- 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.
- 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.
- Renaissance Accelerated Reader has great customer service support. They are clear, concise, and respond quickly. Their live chat support service is great.
- Renaissance Accelerated Reader is constantly adding new quizzes to their data base. They keep current with the most popular books that children currently read. They also have quizzes for the timeless classics.
- Renaissance Accelerated Reader has reports that provide data ranging from the number of words students have read to a students growth trajectory. This is helpful when planning lessons to work with children in small groups or independently.
- Renaissance allows me the capability to see real time quizzing data. This allows for me to monitor students' progress while also working with other children. I am able to my time efficiently and effectively.
- 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.
- Provides data used to drive instruction. I can easily see who is reading, at what level (above or below their ability) and if they are comprehending what they read.
- Allows students to choose books they are interested in. Almost every book I've ever searched for has an AR test.
- Shows students progress toward goals and allows them to monitor it daily.
- Encourages students to grow
- Teaches students what they are capable of
- Increases reading stamina
- Includes parents in praising students by providing info on each and every test to parents in real time.
- Keeps parents informed when they sign up for HomeConnect.
- Provides teachers with small group instruction when using the reports available.
- It would be nice if students could stop Accelerated Reader tests without a teacher's password.
- I'd like for students to know the percent of their goal reached, even after they reach 100%. For example, when they are at 125% of goal. That's why I am glad it now shows this info when students test.
- It allows teachers to have data on the growth the students make in reading independently.
- Other departments also use the STAR Program to give them data on each students' book levels.
- As a school, we promote the program with our teachers and students.
- I love the way it is so user-friendly, and the fact that teachers have an opportunity to live chat in order to ask for help at any time.
- As a librarian, the program allows us to generate data for teachers to use in their classes.
- I would love to see more incentives for the schools to receive after achieving their goals.
- I think it could add emojis to the test questions to make it more interesting.
- Motivates students to read and meet their term goal.
- Promotes enthusiasm in young readers to watch their flower grow as they take tests.
- It provides a wide variety of books and levels to help differentiate and help readers on all levels.
- When students finish a test, the "flower page" could show how many books they need to make their term goal.
- I'd like to be able to turn off the Spanish quiz option when students log in to take a test. Many young kids click the Spanish test by mistake and then we're stuck in the test.
- Accelerated Reader helps educators by having a variety of reports available.
- Accelerated Reader helps students set goals, and it provides feedback on their status.
- Accelerated Reader has many forms available for classroom monitoring, small groups, and individual planning for each student.
- Notifications via email.
- Alert status.
- Better quality rewards.
- More challenges for points.
- Points should not get taken away.
- It gives you student's averages of the books they have read.
- It sets personalized goals for the students.
- It groups the students into point clubs to show their progress.
- It gives you an estimated time the students have been engaged in reading during the school day.
- I would like to see the program reward students for their hard work.
- It tests students knowledge of books and how close they paid attention to the story.
- It provides good data for how well a student is growing in their reading abilities.
- It gives a good level of reading for our students and allows teachers to see what grade level they are close to.
- I also love the recommendations of other books students could or should read next.
- The quizzes test more details from a story versus the comprehension of the story.
- I like that have a large test bank.
- I like that the quizzes are short and very manageable for the kids.
- I like that different books have different point values.
- More non-fiction quizzes.
- There are some books that I expected to be in Accelerated Reader that aren't.
- I like how Accelerated Reader now offers nonfiction articles.
- I like how it is linked to MyOn.
- It provides assessment for most of the books in the library.
- Some of the questions are lower level recall questions.
- It would be easier if MyOn and accelerated reader were linked when taking tests. The students have to open another tab instead of going directly to the website.
- It gives different level DOK questions to the students
- AR allows students to track their points to their goal and students can see a percentage of what they have not completed.
- There is a wide range of books on AR.
- Makes it easier for teachers to reset the quizzes. It was a mission to find it, and then I had to email the help desk. Our wifi is not very strong so it will freeze the computers sometimes, and that ends the quiz.
- It should be easier to set goals for the students all at once.
- Tracks student points earned.
- Tracks books read over time.
- Identifies areas of concern.
- When printing book labels, searching by ISBN is not an available function.
- The user interface does not allow for the misspellings of young children, and provides a "did you mean?" feature.
- A variety of reports can be generated.
- Book choice for students.
- Ease of use by teachers.
- Parent access.
- The reports are generated as PDFs and cannot be edited or sorted in different ways.
- Time needs to be provided in school for guided reading support.
- It is difficult to find engaging reading choices at more challenging reading levels.
- Set individualized goals for students
- Track student progress over time
- Integrated with STAR 360 assessments to help with placement
- It could be a little easier to find certain reports if their names were more self explanatory.
- On some screens, it can get confusing to move back and forth between the goals and quizzes screens.
- It would be great to have a mechanism within Renaissance Place to alert admin to remove students from your classes when they move.
- Accelerated Reader helps provide students with needed practice in reading.
- Students are motivated to read more when they see themselves making progress and approaching their goals.
- The wide variety of quizzes available provides books on everyone's level and interests.
- Some quizzes have words in the questions and answer choices that are above the level of the book they've read.
Our staff, students and parents love Accelerated Reader and are improving their reading skills by practising reading more.
- Students read at their ZPD so they are reading just right texts
- Success is the best motivator and AR quizzes make students feel successful
- Accelerated Reader makes monitoring student progress easy for the teacher by easy to use reports and diagnostic tools
- Reports should show total points and books read over the years.
- Accurate correlation to state testing standards
- Program is very user-friendly
- Support staff is always available to answer questions
- As an admin for our campus subscription, I would like to be able to see when and what adjustments teachers are making on student preferences.
- I wish the lexile levels would reflect true lexiles from STAAR testing rather than reflect the ATOS.
- Accelerated Reader gives immediate feedback.
- It provides clear and concise instructions.
- Accelerated Reader provides data to assist with instructional planning.
- I would like to see a feature that will notify the building admin that a child has reached their reading certification.
- I would like a feature that would generate a half size sheet of paper to include a student's username and password as well as their ZPD.
- I would like the rollover rights from year to year be given to the building admin versus the district admin.
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About Renaissance Accelerated Reader
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 accountable for their learning. Dashboards and reporting provide users with the insights necessary to identify quickly which students need more support, which skills each student is ready to learn, and which resources will cultivate proven growth.
According to the vendor, key benefits include:
- Students are nearly twice as likely to be college and career ready with they practice with Renaissance Accelerated Reader.
- A strong research base of 178 scientific studies and review backs Renaissance Accelerated Reader, which ensures that you have scientifically sound practice and reliable data for instructional decisions.
- The Council of Administrators of Special Education endorses Renaissance Accelerated Reader for improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
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