Drop Everything and Read
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated October 06, 2019

Drop Everything and Read

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Renaissance Accelerated Reader

We use Accelerated Reader school-wide to assess student comprehension and to motivate/cultivate life long learners. We can measure growth and/or regression in the area of reading comprehension when monitored regularly.
  • 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.
  • All positive!
  • Perfect for individualized goal setting.
  • It motivates the students to read.
I have not used or evaluated a product similar to Accelerated Reader.
Every time I call for support, the operators are friendly and helpful.

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?

Yes

Did implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Renaissance Accelerated Reader again?

Yes

Accelerated Reader is best suited for grades 2nd - 5th. They are more independent. As noted, Accelerated Reader is a guided program. However, most schedules don't permit the time to guide students in kindergarten and first grade.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Feature Ratings

Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader

22 - We are the largest K - 5 Public School in my district.
1 - The Library Media Specialist is the only in-house support we have for Renaissance Accelerated Reader on an on-going basis.
  • To motivate students to read.
  • Assess student comprehension.
  • To foster a love for reading
  • We have used Accelerated Reader to bring excitement to reading.
  • We have hosted school-wide read-a-thons using Accelerated Reader.
  • We have used Accelerated Reader to reward students with local restaurant coupons for meeting their goal.
  • We are often brainstorming new ways in which to use Accelerated Reader.
Our kids love the healthy competition as well as reaching their individual goals.

Evaluating Renaissance Accelerated Reader and Competitors

  • Prior Experience with the Product
The use of this program fosters a love for reading while also providing rewards for students for reading achievement.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Implementation

I suggest that school create a plan that outlines:
*Opportunities for Reading
*Opportunities for Testing
*Opportunities for Rewards
*Student Accountability Measures prior to testing

I further that each classroom teacher create a classroom plan that mirrors the school plan.
  • Rolling students over for the new school year is the only issue.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Training

Yes. The product was easy to learn without training. I would only suggest this for users who are tech saavy.

Configuring Renaissance Accelerated Reader

One thing is to set up classes by homeroom not by grade level.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
I called customer service to find out why some of our media specialist could not generate reports needed. The customer service representative explained the solution. She walked me through the steps to correct the issue. She was friendly and patient throughout the call. Kudos to the Renaissance Learning Customer Service team.

Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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
  • Generating reports is fairly easy.
  • The goal setting calculator is a jewel.
  • Setting up the new school year and rolling over our students is the most cumbersome to perform using Renaissance Accelerated Reader.
This product is both adult and kid friendly.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader Reliability

Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
I have not encountered any problems with availability.
I have not experienced any performance issues.

Integrating Renaissance Accelerated Reader

No problems encountered.
  • myON
We have used both myON and AR together. This is easier now that both programs are powered by Renaissance.
  • Javascript widgets
no

Relationship with Renaissance Learning

Very helpful and friendly.
Again, no issues with the vendor after the sale of the product.

Upgrading Renaissance Accelerated Reader