Accelerated Reader through Renaissance Place

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Accelerated Reader through Renaissance Place
The seventh and eighth grade ELA classes will be using the Accelerated Reader program to track student progress in independent reading. The program has been used in the past to motivate students through Point Clubs and as a record keeping tool to track towards individual reading goals.

The way the program works is this: a student reads a book at home or during independent reading time in class, they access Accelerated Reader through the school computers, and they take basic, multiple choice, reading practice quizzes created by the program on the books they have read. Each book is given a point value based on reading difficulty, number of pages, and interest level. A student must earn at least 70% on the quiz in order to earn any points. Each quarter, the students are given individualized goals for independent reading, and those goals translate into a grade equal to 10% of the marking period average.

For the past few years, the district has been subscribing to Renaissance Place, which hosts Accelerated Reader. This is an Internet-based system that provides each student with a unique username and password for secure access. Through Renaissance Place, students have access to over 40,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes on nearly every young adult book ever written and then some. We have limited quiz availability to books worth over 1 point and less than 75 points to ensure students are not reading books way below grade level or way above. Students should easily be able to take quizzes on the books they enjoy reading.

Unfortunately we can not print a quiz list that is so extensive, but both parents and children can access the Renaissance Place program from home in order to browse available quizzes. You can also view your child’s marking period progress and goals. It is easiest to access Renaissance Place through our teacher web pages. You can then log in as a student using your child’s user name and password. From there you and your child can check out the various aspects of the site.

Hopefully this will be a helpful tool for all parties involved in ensuring your child’s literacy remains a priority. Now, you no longer need to rely on the fact that your child tells you they are keeping up with their goals. You can check their progress as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call. Contact information is listed on our teacher web pages.

Ms. Ebel and Mrs. Kaake

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