I wanted to give you some information on our Accelerated Reader Program.
All the students were tested at the beginning of the year to get an estimated reading level.
From this level, the students were given a grade level range of books to read. We call it the “zippy zone”.
They should read in the AR book every day and take a test on the book when finished.
If the child scores 80 or above on the test, they should select a book at the next higher level. For example, a child reading a 4.7 book should select a 4.8 book to read next.
If a child scores 70 or below on the test, they should select a book at the next lower level. For example, a child reading a 4.7 book should select a 4.6 book to read next.
AR grades will be taken at the end of every nine-week grading period. Our first grade will be taken on October 4th.
Our grade level goal for the end of this nine-week grading period is 4.7. Students need to have an average reading level at least between 4.2 and 5.2 in order to be considered reading on grade level.
Students reading below grade level will have points deducted from their AR grade. Students reading on a 3.2 – 4.1 average will have ten (10) points taken off, and students reading 2.2 – 3.1 average will have twenty (20) points taken off. Students reading below 2.2 average will have thirty (30) points taken off the AR grade.
Students reading above the average reading level of 4.2 – 5.2 will have points added to their AR grade. For this grading period, students reading 5.3 – 6.3 average will have ten (10) points added to their AR grade, and students reading 6.4 – 7.4 average will have 20 points added to their AR average.
When grades are taken, I will conference with the students to see if the zippy zone needs to be raised higher. You or your child may request a conference if there is needs to be a change in the zippy zone. The program constantly challenges your child on their reading level, and we need your support by listening to your child read at least 20 minutes each night.