When can my child take tests? AR tests can only be taken at school. The library will be open for student testing in the mornings @ 8 and during library checkout time. If you read a book from home, please send a note with the title and author in case your child needs help finding the test.
Students may only take AR tests during library check out time, in their classroom (with their teacher’s permission), or during special events such as Family Reading Night.
Does my child have to answer every question correctly to get points? To get the full amount of points available for that book, all questions must be correct. Partial credit will be awarded for answering most of the questions correctly, though. An overall average of 85% needs to be maintained in order to get credit for AR and receive rewards. A consistent 80% on tests may result in an average below 85%.
Is it OK to help my child? Reading together is always encouraged! Primary students may have help reading questions, but they should be able to choose the correct answer themselves. Older students should take tests on their own.
1.) Unless students have prior permission from their teacher or Library Media Specialist he/she may not take tests on books more than 2 levels below their reading level.
2.) You must read the entire book before taking a test on it. If it’s a picture book or nonfiction book you need to read it a couple times before you take a test. Nonfiction books should be read slowly and carefully because they are written to give information and may be more difficult to remember.
3.) Do not take a test if you’ve only “seen the movie”.
4.) Do not help other students with their tests. This is cheating. (I do allow help with reading questions and answer choices for younger students.)
5.) No talking to other students while testing.
6.) Tests may only be taken in the presence of your child’s teacher or Library Media Specialist.
What happens if my child meets his/her goals or joins a point club?
Each teacher will decide on how he/she wishes to reward or acknowledge students who meet their personal goals.
When a child enters a point club such as 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, or 400 or above they will receive a point club necklace that should be left at school (lost necklaces cannot be replaced) as well as other rewards.
If in the 100 point club the students will be featured on the AR Wall of Fame and will have earned a spot to go on the AR field trip.
The 100 point club students will receive a medal at the end of the year.
The top two AR earners in each class will receive an AR certificate.
The top two AR earners in each Grade Level will receive a plaque.
The top 3 intermediate and top 3 primary point earners will receive a Plaque and possibly other prizes.
How can I find out how many points my child has? Log into AR Home Connect (found through the Library Media Center’s link on the school’s webpage) using your child’s username and password.
Home Connect allows you to see which books your child has tested on, their scores, and their progress toward their AR goal!