Pros and Cons
December 10, 2019

Pros and Cons

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Renaissance Accelerated Reader

We use Accelerated Reader with our 2nd - 5th grade students. It is an optional program, which is supposed to encourage students to read more. We have offered quarterly stores where the students can spend points, as well as tiered rewards with a field trip as the grand prize.
  • Renaissance motivates kids by keeping track of the number of words they read in each book.
  • There are features we don't use, such as the dashboard. We have found that difficult to understand.
  • It is very expensive. If you decide to use it, it is best that all are invested in it. Staff that are not on board make it a difficult program to maintain.
I have used the online chat support. I always look through the online manual first, then try the chat if I still need help. The chat support's first response is always to cut and paste from the online manual, so I have to tell them I have already seen that before we can get to more information. I have found that they are thorough.

Do you think Renaissance Accelerated Reader delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Renaissance Accelerated Reader's feature set?


Did Renaissance Accelerated Reader live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Renaissance Accelerated Reader again?


Renaissance is well suited for a school that has every teacher on board. The program is only encouraged in our school library, so I think some of the effect wears off quickly. I know that schools that have the principal and teachers fully involved see the biggest success

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