Education's BFF: Renaissance Accelerated Reader
June 20, 2021

Education's BFF: Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Vivian Dawson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Overall Satisfaction with Renaissance Accelerated Reader

My school system has continuously used Accelerated Reader (AR) to initially assess and monitor reading practice and progress. It is mainly used in grades K-5 presently and is dependent on individual classroom teachers. It is purchased for the entire school system. Teachers are encouraged to have data to assess students. AR helps teachers to have a well-researched computerized system to analyze current reading comprehension of materials chosen by the student. This provides standardized current data that can be shared with other support personnel (reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, media specialists).
  • Large selection of tests. This does not limit the students' choices of reading materials.
  • Computer assistance with setting goals for individual student/classroom.
  • Parent portal eases the communication process to parents.
  • Increase ways to improve reading comprehension for grades 6-12.
  • More read-to tests to support differentiated learning.
  • More training sessions for free for new and experienced users.
  • Number of tests
  • Customer service/IT support
  • Ease of use of the program
  • It is difficult to bring new teachers on board without further investment in training.
  • Emphasis on programs that impact "fluency" in early grades (not reading comprehension).
  • Reading test results are focused on 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades as a group, rather than on the individual annual improvement of the student.
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.

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

Yes

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

Yes

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?

Yes

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.

Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader

40 - Educators
2 - 
Media Specialist
Building IT Technician
  • Data driven documents to assess reading comprehension for individual students/classrooms at any time.
  • More than adequate number of choices of tests/books at appropriate reading level for the student.
  • Ease of setup for school system to collect data.
  • Used to assess students that transfer to our school system that do not have any, or minimal, testing data in their academic record.
  • My organization could promote AR as a part of summer school programs.
I support AR everyday and every year.

Evaluating Renaissance Accelerated Reader and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
I was not part of the purchasing decision, however, I was informed that the most important factor was product reputation.
The evaluation and selection process should have included teachers at all levels.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Implementation

  • Training all of the educators in my building (only ELA teachers were trained.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Support

I have always received the support needed in a timely fashion.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Not part of purchasing process.

Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Again, I use AR all of the time.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Setting up classroom(s)
  • Goal setting
  • Reports
  • Communication with parents